Mission to host second vaccine clinic
Hidalgo County, in partnership with the City of Mission, Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office, Mission Consolidated Independent School District and the Sharyland Independent School District, will be hosting another COVID-19 community vaccine clinic in Mission.
To provide for a more efficient operation, eligible residents will be required to pre-register for the Moderna vaccine beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Sharyland High School, 1216 N. Shary Road. To pre-register, qualified residents must drive through the north side entrance of the Sharyland HS campus. As a COVID precaution, citizens are encouraged to bring their own pen to registration. Face masks are required at all times when interacting with staff in the registration area.
During the pre-registration process, eligible residents will be issued a colored wristband displaying a designated time for them to return to the Mission Event Center, 2425 Ruby Red Blvd. on Thursday, Feb. 4 for their vaccinations. Patrons will only be allowed into the parking area at the vaccination site 30 minutes before their designated time slots on Thursday.
Since there are only 875 vaccines available at this time, the clinic will provide wristbands on a first come, first serve basis. Vaccine recipients must be in attendance during pre-registration to receive a wristband. Please do not attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
Mission 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 week’s clinic also targets anyone 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.
The following is the state definition for healthcare workers who are eligible for vaccinations on Thursday:
- Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:
- Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
- Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
- Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials;
- Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
- Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers
- Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff;
- EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport;
- Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients;
- Residents of long-term care facilities.
- Staff working in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:
- Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
- Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
- Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care
- Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities;
- Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics;
- Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID;
- Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations;
- Responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19.
- Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents
- Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents;
- School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers.
Also eligible for vaccines on Thursday under state protocol are:
- People 65 years of age and older;
- People 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
These recipients are strongly encouraged to consult with and secure permission from their respective doctors to receive the vaccinations.
Based on previous vaccine clinics Mission health officials are advising the following:
- Bring photo ID
- Highly recommended to bring proof of medical condition if 18 & over with a chronic medical condition (current medication, prescription from their doctor)
- If pregnant or lactating, have cancer or undergoing any immunosuppressive treatment or medication you must bring a US doctor’s notice allowing you to receive the vaccine
- 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