DHR Health, Edinburg to give $100 gift card to 8,000 Edinburg residents to boost vaccinations

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EDINBURG, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The city of Edinburg and DHR Health shared details of an initiative to boost vaccination in the city.

DHR Health and Edinburg are partnering to offer an incentive for Edinburg residents that still have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or are pending a second or third dose.

According to a release, gift cards will only be given to those that receive their first, second, or third dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday, Sept. 17, or Saturday, Sept. 18 at the DHR Health Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

The incentive is available to anyone 12 or older. Patients must show an ID that marches their current address within city limits, and their vaccine card if they’ve previously received a dose.

The funds are part of Edinburg’s S.P.A.R.C. program (Stimulus Program Aimed at Recovery from COVID-19).

The $100 gift cards can be used at S.P.A.R.C-approved businesses. There are 201 businesses in the city of Edinburg that fall under the program, said officials.

“Which will ensure that the stimulus money stays in Edinburg…mostly by providing a boost to our local business,” said City of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina.

To check if your address is within city limits, click here.

DHR Health leaders also spoke at the press conference, stating this was in an effort to reduce the amount of hospitalization.

“There is no doubt that the vaccine is really our way out of this pandemic and resume back to normal life,” said DHR Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Martinez at the press conference.

Officials added that there are future plans to give gift cards to those that are already fully vaccinated.

DHR Health will also continue to provide accommodation for people with certain disabilities or in a priority group to better serve those that attend vaccine clinics held by the facility.

For additional detail, watch press conference above.

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