Since the state of Texas expanded vaccine eligibility to include residents 16 and older in late March, many Austin families may be on the hunt for an appointment for their younger members.
The Pfizer vaccine is available to people 16 and older and the Moderna one is available to those 18 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is not being distributed due to concerns about a possible blood clot link, is authorized for people 18 and older.
Some providers only have Moderna doses to offer or are limiting appointments to residents 18 and older or existing patient networks. But others are vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds, including the following:
Austin Regional Clinic offers Pfizer vaccine appointments to people 16 and older at various locations, including in Kyle, Dripping Springs, Far West, Georgetown, Hutto, Quarry Lake, Round Rock, South First and Wilson Parke. Existing patients with an account can schedule an appointment here. Anyone else can call 866-453-4525 to speak with a scheduler.
Baylor Scott & White is vaccinating people 16 and older as of Wednesday. To make an appointment call 844-279-8222.
The Central Texas Vaccine Collaborative is offering vaccine appointments to people 16 and older at its weekend drive-thru clinic at the Circuit of the Americas. Appointments can be scheduled here.
Curative offers Pfizer vaccine appointments to people 16 and older at both its Dell Diamond and Georgetown ISD drive-thru sites. Dell Diamond has more than 4,000 available slots on Wednesday and Thursday, and GISD has 250 for Thursday. Dell Diamond appointments can be scheduled here, and GISD appointments here.
CVS Pharmacy offers Pfizer vaccine appointments to people 16 and older. Select locations in the Austin area had availability as of Wednesday morning. Appointments can be scheduled here.
H-E-B Pharmacy offers Pfizer vaccine appointments to people 16 and older. Select locations within a 25-mile radius of Austin had open slots as of Wednesday morning. Appointments can be scheduled here.
TheUniversity of Texas at Austin, one of two hub providers in Travis County, is offering vaccine appointments and walk-up availability on a limited basis to people 16 and older. Those interested can fill out the vaccination request form here for an appointment or visit Gregory Gym on Monday through Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-3 p.m. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must have a parent or guardian sign this minor consent form and bring it with them to their appointment.
Walmart and Sam's Club locations offer vaccine appointments to Texas residents 16 and older and currency has availability at some Austin area stores. Appointments can be scheduled here.
Both Pfizer and Moderna are in the midst of clinical trials to determine whether their COVID vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months.
Public health experts stress that vaccinating children will be critical to achieving herd immunity and ending the pandemic. Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott estimates that nearly 40% of the local population—some 500,000 people—remains vulnerable to COVID, either because they are unvaccinated or have not developed natural immunity. Around half of that vulnerable population is children under 16 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
Escott encouraged teenagers who can access the vaccine to do so. "Those individuals who are 16 or 17 years old, go get a Pfizer vaccine," he told local elected officials Tuesday. "The faster we can get shots in arms, the faster we can progress towards herd immunity and normalcy."
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Everyone knows that Austin has built its reputation on being “the Live Music Capital of the World.”
Whether you’re being greeted by a guitar-laden crooner upon arrival at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or enjoying breakfast tacos in the shadow of statue and mural tributes to legends like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, nods to the famous moniker are apparent throughout the city.
But following a pandemic that turned the entire world upside down, what’s it actually like to be a musician in Austin right now?
Julie Nolen has been part of the local music scene for 23 years, not only as an alt-country artist but also as the host of open mic and songwriter nights across the city. She said her goal is “to keep getting better and meet a few heroes along the way.”
Nolen described the Austin music community “like a college – you can learn from the best here.” She said that while it can be difficult to make ends meet at times, musicians are fortunate to lean on local organizations such as the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the SIMS Foundation, which offers mental health and substance use recovery services for those in the music industry.
She added that the pandemic caused her to shift focus from performing to talent buying. After initially booking music for the Rustic Tap, Nolen’s reputation as a talent buyer spread – her Pearlsnap Music Group now books for eight bars and produces one festival – the OUTlaw Pride Fest, which is this Saturday, Sept. 24 – each year.
Bobby Cheatham and Liz Feezor, founding members of synth-rock band Candy Riot, said the pandemic forced them to write lyrics first, then build music around the words.
“We were heartbroken when Austin’s music scene shattered for 20 months,” Cheatham and Feezor said. “Writing, rehearsing, recording and performing are all communal activities, so we’re grateful to see everything and everyone come back together.”
The band, which has now expanded to include Ricky Rodriguez and Erica Porter, held a launch party for its debut album, “Moonstar,” earlier this month and will release a cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” in collaboration with the Foxtales on Oct. 4. A show at Empire Control Room and a music video release for the band’s single, “Black Tie,” are also planned for November.
“We take emotions and give them a soundtrack, and hopefully some people will like the songs,” Cheatham and Feezor said, adding that their music was featured recently on 101X Homegrown. “It feels good when they’re played on the radio and when friends come to the shows. The band has given us great opportunities to create art, befriend other musicians and spend more time having fun.”
“You'd better be really different and good, but more than anything, you'd better work really hard. Harder than everybody else.” - Bobby Cheatham and Liz Feezor
Cheatham and Feezor said the challenges facing new bands in Austin post-pandemic include finding places to play, writing music and finding the money to record. They added that new bands also need “good songs, pretty pictures, a well-written bio, and traction on social media to get the attention of the venues. Knowing the right people is also important.”
Nolen said that while music is still abundantly available in Austin, pay, fair treatment, affordable housing and transportation also remain major issues for artists. She added, however, that Austin remains “very receptive” to new bands and that, like so many other things, making it in the music business here comes down to hard work.
“Mostly it's how to differentiate yourself from the rest of the hay in the haystack,” Nolen said. “You'd better be really different and good, but more than anything, you'd better work really hard. Harder than everybody else.”
Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!
Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
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Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
Stay in style and comfort, no matter your camping preference! At Camp Fimfo Waco, there are multiple ways to stay. Red Carpet RV sites come with a concrete pad and patio, full hook-ups, cable hook-up, a charcoal grill, fire ring and fire pit. Back-in or pull-thru options are available, as well as coveted spots tucked along the Bosque River!
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Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
Camp Fimfo Waco features lots of amenities to fill your days with fun, whether you’re a kid or kid at heart. After challenging your friends to a game of pickleball, basketball, or mini golf, go for a dip in the resort-style, heated pool - open daily through October! Stay on the weekends through October to enjoy the interactive splash playground. With plenty of ways to burn off energy, like the jumping pillow or playground, you can be sure to end the day with a peaceful night around the campfire!
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