A first-dose COVID-19 community vaccine clinic will be held on Thursday in La Joya through a partnership between Hidalgo County, La Joya Independent School District and the county’s Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office.

Two pre-registration events, hosted by the school district and Precinct 3, will simultaneously begin today at 3 p.m. at the following locations: 

>> Juarez-Lincoln High School, located at 7801 W .Mile 7 Road in Mission, Texas 78574

>> La Mansion, located at 2401 Moorefield Road in Palmview, Texas 78572 

The following are the current qualifications:

>> Educators

>> Health care professionals

>> Anyone 55 years of age and older

>> Anyone 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk such as, but not limited to: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies), solid organ transplantation, obesity, severe obesity (body mass index of 30kg/m2 or higher), pregnancy, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Eligible residents will be issued a wristband during the pre-registration process, then return on Thursday to the Abraham Lincoln building located at 802 College Dr. for their first dose vaccination. 

Wristbands will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, the news release stated. In order to receive the wristband, vaccine recipients must be in attendance during pre-registration.

County officials urge individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus, to not attend. 

Though La Joya’s community vaccine clinic will be scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, the county noted individuals should not arrive early because the precinct will be hosting a second-dose clinic on the same day, but from 8 a.m. to noon.