Thursday, November 4, 2021

By Dimitra Trejo

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UT Health RGV starting Friday, Nov. 5 will offer pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 through 11.  

The CDC on Nov. 2 approved the Pfizer vaccinations for that age group.

Parents/guardians interested in getting their 5- to 11-year-old children vaccinated may want to consult with their pediatrician or family physician before making an appointment.  

Dr. Michael Dobbs, UT Health RGV chief medical officer, said UTRGV is ready for this next step in the vaccination process.  

“We’ll be providing safe and effective COVID vaccinations for our pediatric population,” he said. “This is a very important step in controlling this pandemic.” 

To make an appointment to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19, log onto or call 1-833-UTRGVMD.  



  • Brownsville
    Nov. 5 – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at UTRGV’s Casa Bella Apartments (2651 FJRM Ave.)
    (The regular COVID vaccine is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 
  • Edinburg
    Nov. 9 – 1 to 6 p.m. at the UTRGV CESS Building (Expressway Frontage and Freddy Gonzalez Drive)
    (The regular COVID vaccine is available from 1 to 6 p.m.) 
  • Harlingen
    Nov. 10 – 1 to 6 p.m., auditorium, UTRGV Clinical Education Building (2102 Treasure Hills Blvd.)
    (The regular COVID vaccine is available from 1 to 6 p.m.) 



Pediatric Specialty Clinic (4150 Crosspoint Blvd.) 

By appointment only. 

Starting Nov. 9

  • 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays  
  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays 
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays 

To make an appointment, call the clinic at (956) 296-1960 or 1-(833) UTRGVMD.


  • UT Health RGV also is giving first-, second- and third-dose COVID-19 vaccines.  
  • All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • To make an appointment with UT Health RGV, log onto org/vaccineor call 1-833-UTRGVMD.  


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.