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City of McAllen officials, in conjunction with the McAllen Independent School District and Hidalgo County, will be hosting another COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow, Friday, February 5, 2021 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Boulevard, starting at 8:00 a.m. for all pre-registered individuals who are 65 years and older and those who fall in Tier 1A and Tier 1B vaccine eligibility.
Pre-registration begins today, Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. and can either be done via drive-thru at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Parking Lot or online at https://hipaa.jotform.com/210333915188152. Entrance for onsite registration is on Ithaca and 29th Street. Face masks are required while interacting with City of McAllen staff at all times. Attendees will be pre-screened and temperature checked prior to pre-registration. Please do not attend if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive or if pending COVID-19 test results.
“The City of McAllen will continue to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our residents as vaccines become available,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “We continue to ask for everyone’s patience as the demand for the receiving the vaccine is still greater than the availability of vaccines. We ask for everyone’s patience as we wait for more and more vaccines to become available. Additionally, the City of McAllen is following CDC and State of Texas guidelines for who should receive priority in receiving the vaccine, so please, help abuelita and abuelito get registered first, then anyone else who falls into the other tiers. Our collective goal, from everyone involved in this Friday’s clinic is to able to vaccinate all individuals in our community and county. In the meantime, please continue to practice all COVID-19 safety protocols, especially wearing a mask, for the protection of others and yourselves.”
Th City of McAllen COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be following state protocol that targets healthcare workers. These workers will be asked to provide proof that they are in the healthcare industry. The clinic will also target anyone born before 1955 and are now 65 years or older. In fact, half of the almost 900 vaccines that will be distributed are reserved for individuals 65 years or older. In addition, people aged 18 and older with certain medical conditions are eligible to be vaccinated with the advice of their doctors.
Please note that there are a limited number of vaccines available for this COVID-19 vaccine clinic hosted by the City of McAllen. The vaccine clinic is another Moderna first dose vaccine clinic.
Based on previous vaccine clinics held throughout Hidalgo County, McAllen officials are advising the following:
· Bring ID and proof of medical condition (current medication, a prescription from their doctor)
· Bring clearance letter from their physician
· People are encouraged to bring water and snacks
· There could be periods of waiting and sitting in your vehicle
· Children 18 and under should not be in the clinic
· Those seeking vaccines with mobility concerns may bring one person to help them
Vaccines will be administered by McAllen I.S.D. school nurses, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department nurses and McAllen firefighters.
City of McAllen will serve as pool coverage for the vaccine clinic, providing photos and video to later that day.
Attached are state definitions on Tier 1A and Tier 1B persons who are eligible for the vaccine at tomorrow’s clinic.