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Health Advisory: Dangerous Lead Levels Found in Dried Fruit and Candy Products, California.

From February 3, 2022 through February 6, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced several voluntary recalls of dried plum fruit and candy. On February 4, 2022, the California Attorney General issued a consumer alert based on test results of these products.

For more information please see:

Health Advisory: Dangerous Lead Levels Found in Dried Fruit and Candy Products, California



El Paso COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

The City of El Paso is one of various healthcare providers approved by the State to dispense the COVID-19 vaccine. You can register and schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine with the City of El Paso or show up at any of the City's vaccination sites without an appointment.

Below find a list of various COVID-19 vaccine providers and sites.

The City of El Paso is also collaborating with University Medical Center (UMC) to vaccinate the community. Individuals who have registered with the City might also be contacted by UMC staff who will ask additional questions to complete the registration process with the County of El Paso.

If you have questions about the City's COVID Vaccination sites or services call (915) 212-6843. View the calendar of upcoming COVID-19 Registration and/or Vaccine Pop-up Events in El Paso:


El Paso Convention Center


Address: 1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901 Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: Noon to 7 m.
  • Saturday: 8 m. to 4 p.m.


COVID-19 Clinics



  • All clinics are open Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 m.

Residents can register and get a vaccine without an appointment at any of the following locations:

  • 220 S Stanton , El Paso, TX 79901 (corner of First and Stanton)
  • 9341 Alameda , El Paso, TX 79907
  • 7380 Remcon , El Paso, TX 79912
  • 9566 Railroad , El Paso, TX 79924


United Memorial Medical Center


Appointments are encouraged. United Memorial Medical Center El Paso website.


El Paso Sports Park

Address: 1780 N Zaragoza Rd El Paso, TX 79936 Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 1 m.
  • Thursday – Friday: Noon to 6 m.
  • Saturday: 7 m. to 7 p.m.



Albertsons online registration and scheduling, or call (915) 857-2474


CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy online registration and scheduling.


Immunize El Paso

Immunize El Paso online registration and scheduling, or call (915) 857-2474


Life Ambulance

Life Ambulance online registration and scheduling, or call (915) 772-1642



Appointments open every Friday at 10 a.m. for the following week. Persons must create an account with Walgreens to make an appointment.

Walgreens online registration and scheduling



Walmart online registration and scheduling


For your convenience you can also download the above information in English and Spanish.

El Paso COVID-19 Vaccination Sites (English - PDF format)

Sitios de vacunación de COVID-19 de El Paso (Spanish - PDF format)




Recall of LeadCare® Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
July 6, 2021, 12:00 PM ET


Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a recall notice concerning the use of some LeadCare® Blood Lead Tests (certain LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra test kit lots). These lots were distributed between October 27, 2020, and June 15, 2021. The use of these devices may cause serious injuries because they might underestimate blood lead levels. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

The purpose of this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory is to notify healthcare providers and state and local health departments about this recall notice and to recommend appropriate follow-up actions.


Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. is recalling its LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra Blood Lead Tests due to a significant risk of falsely low blood lead level results. The FDA has concerns that the falsely low results may contribute to health risks in special populations such as young children and pregnant individuals. A pregnant or lactating individual’s exposure to lead is concerning because it may cause health problems for the parent and the developing baby. Obtaining falsely low blood lead level results may lead to inappropriate follow-up assessments, which may result in patient harm, including delayed puberty, reduced postnatal growth, decreased IQ, and inattention and behavior problems in children.

The FDA notified CDC on June 24 that some Magellan Diagnostics blood lead test kits were undergoing a voluntary recall by the manufacturer. The FDA is now recommending that Magellan Diagnostics customers discontinue the use of all affected test kit lots identified as part of the recall and quarantine remaining inventory.


  • Discontinue use of all affected test kit lotsexternal icon identified as part of the recall.
  • Retest children who were tested with the recalled LeadCare test kits whose results were less than 5 µg/dL, the current CDC-recommended blood lead reference value. Retesting should be done with a venous blood sample analyzed with higher complexity testing.
  • Retest children who were previously tested with a LeadCare test kit if the lot number of the initial test kit is unknown and the test was done after October 27, 2020 and July 6, 2021, the date of this health advisory.
  • Priority for retesting should be given to—
    • Children where there is clinical concern that symptoms or developmental problems may be related to lead exposure,
    • Populations at higher risk of elevated blood lead levels, such as children tested due to Medicaid-required screening or due to other state or local requirements, and
    • Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If retesting indicates blood lead levels in excess of the current CDC Blood Level Reference Values (BLRV) or state or local action level, the healthcare provider or public health official should refer to CDC guidelines or state/local guidelines for appropriate follow-up action.
  • Discuss the recall and retesting recommendations with a parent and/or caregiver of children who meet the retesting criteria.

Per CDC guidance, children with blood lead levels at or greater than 5 µg/dL should have had a subsequent test with a venous blood sample for confirmation. LeadCare instruments are currently approved for use only with capillary or finger/heel stick samples. Venous blood confirmation levels are performed with higher complexity testing such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) or graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GFAAS) and are generally considered more accurate.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.

Department of Health and Human Services

HAN Message Types

  • Health Alert: Conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory: Provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.
  • Health Update: Provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.
  • Info Service: Provides general information that is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

This message was distributed to state and local health officers, state and local epidemiologists, state and local laboratory directors, public information officers, HAN coordinators, and clinician organizations.



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