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TLC Pharmacy in Mission tests RGV residents for COVID-19

A pharmacy technician (Anwar Contreras) and clerk (Anny Celestine) have been diligently testing people for COVID-19 from TLC Pharmacy.

TLC Pharmacy, located at 1242 E. Business Highway 83 in Mission, has been testing residents of the Rio Grande Valley for the coronavirus since the beginning of April this year. The pandemic has made curbside testing necessary for whoever needs it, according to TLC Pharmacist and owner Alberto Vela.

Anwar Contreras (left) and Anny Celestine (right) test a person for COVID-19 at TLC Pharmacy in Mission. Progress Times photo by Jamie Treviño.

Vela said recently there have been some positive tests from TLC Pharmacy. So far, they have tested 150 people by blood and 50 by nasal swabs.

Curbside tests are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. according to Vela. Those interested in being tested for COVID-19 at TLC Pharmacy should park out front and wait in their vehicles for curbside assistance – a phone number is posted in front for those who want to call.

Tests are sent to the lab at 5 p.m. every day, and the complete results come back to the doctor in two days. The blood tests are $25, and nasal tests are covered fully by a person’s insurance.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at TLC Pharmacy, as well as the people making the tests possible, see our story in this week’s print edition of the Progress Times.


  1. Yesenia Vargas on June 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I was exposed and need to get tested today showing symptoms

  2. Raquel Nino on July 19, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Are you still testing for COVID and what’s the latest I can go and do I need an appointment

  3. DESI ESTRADA on July 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    This place is a scam they are reporting false negatives . We had two family members eat positive via nasal swap while they tested negative via blood test . Do not take these results as accurate .

  4. Cathy Hames on October 19, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Absolutely a life saver. We went there and were attended but a great people. They knew what we needed without telling them. I would definitely recommend this location. They saved our piece of mind and were great people that we dealt with. I’m going to let the park manager where we stay to advise people to go here!! Thank you!!

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