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The University of Rio Grande Valley in Texas apologizes for refusing two eligible people to receive COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday for not being able to prove that they live in the United States.
On February 21, it was published Statement on Twitter. UT Health Rio Valley, the university’s clinical practice, stated that it “apologizes to those patients who have been affected” and “has not followed the latest Texas state guidelines.”
Proof of residency and citizenship is not required to get the vaccine, according to the Texas Department of Health’s Health Services – P. Mentioned in the guidance On the agency’s website. UT-RGV spokesperson Patrick Gonzales confirmed that the university did not follow the state protocol.
Abraham Diaz, who lives in San Juan, says his father was one of the people pushed back. he is He tweeted about the experience On February 20.
Diaz said his father described him as upset and embarrassed after waiting in line for four hours at the UT-RGV vaccine clinic, only to be falsely told by someone working there that he was ineligible for the shot.
“[Dad] He said that [the health worker] I told him in front of everyone, “You don’t have a social gathering, so we can’t help you at all. It’s for US citizens only,” Diaz said.
The Rio Grande Valley is located near the border between the United States and Mexico and is a predominantly Spanish region with a large number of undocumented and mixed families.
The university said it was working to reschedule individuals who refused by mistake.
Queen NPR contributed to writing this story.