The COVID-19 vaccine supply is growing, thanks to the FDA's recent approval of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot candidate. More Texans are now eligible to receive the vaccine. And providers are taking note of some of the technical glitches that have made it difficult for some Austinites to make appointments.
But some residents who have already received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have found scheduling a follow-up appointment an anxiety-producing process.
Provider policies vary, with some scheduling first and second dose appointments at the same time and others following up via phone or email in the interim period. Most recommend that patients receive both of their shots from the same provider. This is for two reasons:
- Providers automatically receive corresponding shipments of second doses from the state three to four weeks after the shipment of first doses is allocated.
- Patients need to receive both doses from the same manufacturer.
But even people who plan on returning to the same provider that administered their first shot have found the process confusing. Austonia asked 10 providers what their patients can expect when it comes to making their second dose appointment.
Seton Medical Center received the largest vaccine allocation of any Travis County provider this week: a total of 14,040 doses. Most of these however are being transferred to supply drive-thru vaccine clinics at the Circuit of the Americas, a collaboration of Ascension Seton, CommUnity Health Centers and Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays counties.
Otherwise, Ascension Seton providers offering vaccines will schedule second dose appointments at the time of the first dose. More information can be found here.
Austin Public Health
APH, one of two hub providers in Travis County, requires appointments for second doses. If you received your first dose through APH, the department will reach out via phone or email to schedule an appointment.
Once you have completed your first dose through APH, your appointment status in the department's pre-registration system will note you as "Completed." If your account does not show this status, you should fill out this form to correct the error. The department strongly recommends recipients upload a photo of their vaccine card to expedite the process.
If you received your first dose through APH and have not received a second appointment within the six week interval recommended by the CDC, you may walk up to any APH site and present your vaccine card to receive your second dose. More information can be found here.
Austin Regional Clinic
ARC is currently vaccinating established patients who meet the state eligibility requirements and have been deemed priority based on their electronic medical record, which considers age and health risk. If you have received your first dose from ARC and have a MyChart account, log in to find a scheduling ticket to book your second dose appointment. If you do not have a MyChar account, ARC will call you to book a follow-up appointment. More information can be found here.
Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health schedules second dose appointments at the time of the first dose appointment. Patients can register for their first dose using the MyBSWHealth digital portal online, the corresponding app or by calling 844-279-9222. More information can be found here.
CommUnityCare is only vaccinating established patients, meaning those who have seen a primary care provider at one of its clinics within the last year. CUC will reach out to patients who received a first dose at one of CUC's clinics, the Delco Activity Center or the Circuit of the Americas via text message with detailed information about their second appointment. More information can be found here.
When patients make an appointment for their initial shot online or through the CVS app, they are prompted to schedule an appointment for their second dose at the same time (if receiving Moderna or Pfizer). More information can be found here.
H-E-B Pharmacy automatically schedules second dose appointments after patients receive their first dose. More information can be found here.
UT Health Austin
UT Health Austin, the clinical wing of Dell Medical School and Travis County's other hub provider, schedules second dose appointments at the time of the first shot. If you received your first dose at another facility, you can fill out this request form. If you are eligible and there is enough vaccine available, UT Health Austin will reach out to schedule an appointment. More information can be found here.
Pharmacy staff will schedule a second appointment on-site when customers receive their first dose at a Sam's Club or Walmart location. In addition to appointments, the online scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it is time to return for the second appointment. More information, including links to the Walmart and Sam's Club schedulers, can be found here.
Williamson County's partner Family Hospital Systems will email first dose recipients within a week to schedule second dose appointments, which will take place 28 to 42 days after the first appointment. FHS does not accept walk-ups. More information can be found here.
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After their first two-win week and a two-week hiatus, Austin FC is back at home against Minnesota United as they attempt to up their home win streak to three on Saturday.
The team kicks off at 8 p.m. against the Loons in their first matchup since a 2-0 loss in June, but they're 1-1 against the club after beating Minnesota in May for their first-ever shutout.
Austin maintains a last-place spot in the West but has seen a bit of a late comeback with two wins in their last three matches. Austin's Cecilia Dominguez, who scored a brace for the team in their last match against Real Salt Lake, will look to keep that momentum as the team works for another victory. Meanwhile, the seventh-place Loons will work to keep that last spot in playoff contention as the season nears its end.
Follow along here for updates on the biggest plays of the match.
At the half: Austin still can't finish
45' still left to play. pic.twitter.com/39J1XnvvOc— Austin FC (@AustinFC) October 17, 2021
With minutes-long shooting sprees and more shots on goal than Minnesota, Austin could easily have the lead in the match. But each crowd-raising attempt has still been slightly skewed as the home team ends the half with nothing on the board.
In just 45 minutes, both Austin and Minnesota have reached the double-digits in scoring attempts, but Minnesota's ability to infiltrate Austin's penalty box has given them the leg up in the match. The Loons have sometimes found themselves nearly alone alarmingly close to goal, and they've capitalized on their chances with a 16thb minute goal by Franco Fragapane.
Austin FC, however, has not. The club has seen close calls from Dominguez and Driussi, headers from Djitte and near-misses from Tomas Pochettino, but missed opportunities and a few strokes of bad luck have left them scoreless. The team will need to shake their age-old scoring issues if they hope to get back into tonight's game.
16' Minnesota nabs 1-0 lead
Austin may have struck first, but Minnesota won the first points on the board as Franco Fragapane got one past keeper Brad Stuver from a close range in the 16th minute to make it 1-0. The Loons tested Stuver just as Austin did Miller, making two anxiety-inducing shots before Fragapane struck gold.
This goalie-vs.-goalie match has already seen three shots on goal from each team and a relatively quiet midfield as each team dukes it out in the box.
11' Austin tests Minnesota first
Austin FC has taken no time to threaten goal. In a three-minute span, the home team has racked up three shots, two of which are on goal, as the ball bounces between Austin attackers but can't quite find the net.
Dominguez strikes first as he looks to find his third goal in three matches in the eights minute, but Minnesota's Tyler Miller fights back with a clutch save. Djitte then tests Miller just seconds later, while Driussi takes a final shot from farther back that just misses the top left corner.
Austin's Fagundez and Pochettino were the playmakers of the three-minute shooting spree, but the club still came out scoreless. Minnesota soon rebounded with a shot of their own that was blocked by keeper Brad Stuver.
This may be Austin FC's most popular lineup— even the crankiest fans are commending the strong starting XI on Twitter. Tonight's starters are the same as in their win against Salt Lake.
New standouts Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi are in alongside double-scorer Cecilio Dominguez up front, while fan favorite Diego Fagundez, Captain Alex Ring and Designated Player Tomas Pochettino take the midfield.
With Matt Besler still out on concussion protocol, Zan Kolmanic, Jhohan Romana and Julio Cascante take the back along with Hector Jimenez, who is in for right back Nick Lima. As (almost) always, Brad Stuver holds it down in goal.
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An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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