UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School, was the first site in Central Texas to receive doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning and will begin administering it to frontline healthcare workers on Tuesday.
UT Health Austin received 2,925 doses of the vaccine, which requires a second dose around three weeks after the first is administered. It is one of only four sites across the state to gain such early access.
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UT Health San Antonio, UT's MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Methodist Dallas Medical Center also received vaccine shipments—between 4,875 and 5,850 doses—on Monday.
Ten other facilities in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties will receive vaccine shipments later this week as part of the initial allotment, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Pfizer vaccine has already been administered in other parts of the country.
A critical care nurse in New York was among the first in the U.S. to receive the initial dose of the two-part vaccine.
"I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe," said Sandra Lindsay, who is the director of critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens.
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The vaccine was also administered to frontline healthcare workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, GW Hospital in Washington D.C. and Ohio State University's Wexner Center in Columbus.
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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday that 20 million Americans should be able to get the first dose of the COVID vaccine by the end of December.
This is contingent on the approval of an emergency use authorization for Moderna's COVID vaccine, which will be reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."