The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to specific groups Tuesday.
The university announced in a Tuesday news release they are administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine– the second vaccine granted emergency authorization by the federal government – in Mercedes and Harlingen the day after receiving the vaccine at the UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center in Mercedes and the UTRGV Clinical Education Building in Harlingen.
The Moderna vaccinations, by appointment only from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., will continue Wednesday and Thursday at the following locations:
Wednesday, Dec. 30 – UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center, Mercedes and Interdisciplinary Academic Building, Brownsville
Thursday, Dec. 31 — UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center, Mercedes and Clinical Education Building, Harlingen.
- Frontline employees who have heightened exposure to the virus or who must remain healthy to support others as cases surge.
- Individuals ages 65 and older.
- Individuals ages 65 and younger* who, according to state and federal health care officials, have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because they have the following comorbidities :
Diabetes. Chronic kidney disease, Immunocompromised diseases, Chronic lung diseases, Sickle cell disease, Chronic heart disease, High blood pressure, Chronic neurological diseases, Morbid obesity,
UT Health RGV received a total of 900 doses, of which 500 went to Harlingen and Brownsville, and 400 to Mercedes.
For more information or to fill out the registration form, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.