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Vaccine week 10: 17,950 doses headed to Austin

(Bob Daemmrich)

Four providers in Travis County will receive vaccine doses starting Monday, Feb. 15, with the bulk going to hub provider Austin Public Health, as has been the case in recent weeks.

  • Austin Public Health (12,000 doses)
  • UT Health Austin (1,950 doses)
  • CommUnity Care East Austin (500 doses)
  • DSHS Central Pharmacy Warehouse (3,500 doses)

Although these providers may have doses to administer next week, many are limiting their supply to existing patient waitlists or reaching out to eligible candidates directly. View a list of providers with a waitlist here. Note that the DSHS Central Pharmacy Warehouse does not serve the general public.

With this latest allocation, Travis County will have received 155,725 doses overall. Local public health officials estimate that there are 285,000 area residents who fall in the 1A and 1B priority groups.

As of midday Friday, 100,680 Travis County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 39,281 residents have received both doses, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.

DSHS will allocate 407,650 initial doses of the COVID vaccine to 302 providers across the state this week, focusing on hub providers capable of widespread community distribution as well as smaller providers serving older adults. This represents a slight increase compared to last week's allocation.

Additionally the federal government shipped 80,000 vaccine doses to 376 pharmacy locations across Texas. Participating pharmacies include CVS, H-E-B and Walmart, as well as some independent pharmacies. Last week, 15 Austin-area CVS and H-E-B pharmacy locations received such direct shipments.

The state health department is encouraging providers to make accommodations—such as reserving doses, offering special hours and facilitating in-home vaccinations—for people who are 75 or older because they remain at the highest risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. People 70 and older account for 5% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Travis County but 34% of COVID-related hospitalizations in the Austin metro and 60% of the county's COVID deaths, according to Austin Public Health data.

Second doses

In addition to this initial dose allocation, DSHS is also expecting to distribute 333,650 second doses of the vaccine to local providers to administer to individuals who received their first shot a few weeks ago.

Some local vaccine recipients may be concerned about receiving their second doses. On Monday, APH posted an update on Facebook explaining that it had not yet received a corresponding allocation of second doses for those vaccinated by the department last month. But Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard offered reassurances on Tuesday, confirming that the department had received its second doses by then. "This is a significant amount of anxiety, but I can give folks the comfort in knowing that you will definitely receive your second dose from us," she told Austin City Council.

Until recently, the federal government automatically issued second dose allocations to states after the initial allocation was sent out. Last month, this changed; the federal government now requires states to order second dose allocations. As a result, DSHS followed suit and now requires local providers—such as APH—to place orders for their second doses. "For these first several weeks, we're going to be working really closely with them," Director of Media Relations Chris Van Deusen told Austonia.

Austinites may still be concerned that they will not receive their second doses within the optimal window: three weeks for Pfizer's vaccine, four for Moderna's. Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott addressed these concerns on Tuesday, pointing to new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 21. In cases where "it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable," the agency advises that second doses may be administered up to six weeks after the first ones. "This creates some flexibility in the scheduling of that second dose," Esoctt told Travis County commissioners.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

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.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

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

✨ Mozart's Light Show

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

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

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

🛍 The Front Market

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.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

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11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway