District teaming up with City, County to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinic

City of McAllen officials, in conjunction with McAllen ISD and Hidalgo County, will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic starting at 8 a.m. Friday, January 22 at the McAllen Convention Center (700 Convention Center Boulevard).

 This will be for all pre-registered individuals in Tier 1A and Tier 1B.

 Pre-registration began today (Thursday, Jan. 21) and can either be done via drive-thru at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Parking Lot or online at www.mcallen.net/preregisterhere

 The entrance for onsite registration is on Ithaca Ave. and 29th Street. Face masks are required while interacting with City of McAllen staff at all times. Attendees will be 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.

Eighteen McAllen ISD Registered Nurses will administer vaccines along with Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department nurses.

 “It is our pleasure to partner with the County and City for such an impactful event that will benefit so many local citizens,” McAllen ISD Superintendent Dr. J.A. Gonzalez said. “We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to facilitating vaccinations for our community.”

 McAllen ISD nurses, which includes RNs and LVNS, plus other school district personnel will undergo a briefing session today.

 “The City of McAllen is pleased to be able to offer the first of many COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our residents,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to register for this important vaccine and I ask the rest of the community to be patient as we continue to receive more doses so that we are 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.”

 The 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.

 This clinic also targets anyone born before 1955 and are now 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 first COVID-19 vaccine clinic hosted by the City of McAllen.

 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