BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Cameron County officials held a press conference Monday morning to give details on the incentive to vaccinate school-aged children.
Last week, Cameron County Commissioners approved an order to require masks on county premises and to provide an incentive for school-aged children to get vaccinated before the beginning of school.
“We’re trying to incentivize and encourage parents to make sure that their children age 12 to 17, school-aged children, go and get vaccinated immediately through the end of September,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño during that meeting. “This is a concern for everybody and we want to make sure that this group in particular since they are returning to school…that everybody is protected and vaccinated.”
At the press, conference officials explained how the program would work.
The incentive applies to those between 12 and 17-years-old, that receive the vaccine between Aug. 10 and Sept. 30.
They must attend a school in Cameron County, must have a valid school ID and must have a legal guardian or parent present.
Once they are vaccinated, it will take about 48 hours before they can claim a $50 gift card as an incentive.
It was also mentioned that they can live anywhere but have to attend school in Cameron County.
The incentive also doesn’t apply to those who are already vaccinated or those that are only pending a second dose.
To pick up the $50 incentive, parents can go after the 48 hours to a county clinic and provide the students’ information with proof that the student is in school in Cameron County. Officials at the clinic will then look up the name on the state registry, if the name appears parents will be given the gift card.
It was also noted that students do not have to be present to pick up the gift card.
Watch the full press conference above.