The Texas Department of State Health Services is expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults starting Monday, March 29.
While all adults will be able to get a vaccine, vaccine providers will be asked to prioritize those 80 years of age or older when booking appointments.
"As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults," said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel.
Anyone 16 years of age or older qualifies but only the Pfizer vaccine is approved to be administered to 16-year-olds and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for 18 year olds and older.
DSHS says the state should receive an increased amount of doses next week, but Austin Public Health said Tuesday that it will still need to prioritize certain groups as vaccine remains limited. APH has not specified if it will continue to prioritize those currently eligible—people 50 years old or older, those with an underlying health condition, first responders and teachers.
And finally, four months into the vaccine rollout, the state is launching its own website to schedule vaccine appointments with local public health providers. And for those uncomfortable with or who lack access to technology, it is also launching a toll-free number to help people book a vaccine appointment.
Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of vaccine—6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. In Travis County, 287,718 have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine and 120,301 are fully vaccinated.
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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway