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The College of Texas Rio Grande Valley is apologizing for turning away two folks eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday as a result of they may not show they reside in america.
On Feb. 21, it posted a statement on Twitter. UT Well being Rio Valley, the scientific apply of the college, acknowledged it “apologizes to these sufferers who have been affected” and “didn’t comply with essentially the most present State of Texas pointers.”
Proof of residency and citizenship will not be required to get the vaccine, in accordance with the Texas Division of State Well being Providers — as stated in guidance on the company’s web site. UT-RGV spokesperson Patrick Gonzalez confirmed the college didn’t comply with state protocol.
Abraham Diaz, who lives in San Juan, says his father was one of many folks turned away. He tweeted about the experience on Feb. 20.
Diaz mentioned his dad known as him upset and embarrassed after ready in line for 4 hours on the UT-RGV vaccine clinic, solely to be wrongly informed by an individual working there he was not eligible for the shot.
“[Dad] mentioned that [the health worker] informed him in entrance of all people, ‘you do not have a social, so we will not make it easier to in any respect. And it is just for U.S. residents,’ ” mentioned Diaz.
The Rio Grande Valley is positioned close to the U.S.-Mexico border and is a majority Hispanic area with a lot of undocumented and mixed-status households.
The college mentioned it’s working to reschedule people wrongly turned away.
NPR’s Malak Gharib contributed to this story.