EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District is working with local, county, and state health authorities to secure COVID-19 vaccines for employees and local community members.
Edinburg CISD has partnered with the City of Edinburg, the Hidalgo County Health Department, DHR Health, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to distribute vaccines as they become available.
Since December, Edinburg CISD nurses and other state front-line health care workers have been vaccinated under the Phase 1 allocations for immunizations. To safeguard employees, Edinburg CISD and the City of Edinburg are working on a plan to secure and distribute vaccines for the next phase of the inoculation program.
In October, Edinburg CISD joined the state's K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project in a move to add an extra level of protection from the coronavirus for students and staff. The testing project is a joint effort between the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to provide rapid tests and personal protective equipment to schools across the state.
Edinburg CISD received 12,640 Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment as part of the project. According to TDEM, the program's only mandate is the required state and federal reporting when the actual test kit is used.