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Vaccine week 14: Travis County will receive 58,420 first doses, fewer shots than last week

Eight providers in Travis County will receive a total of 58,430 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 15 as part of the 14th weekly allocation, a nearly 25% decrease compared to last week's. The decrease follows an influx of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses coming to the state, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The bulk will go to hub providers Austin Public Health and the University of Texas at Austin as well as to Seton Medical Center, which is providing doses to the Central Texas Vaccine Collaborative, which is hosting drive-thru vaccine clinics at the Circuit of the Americas.

  • Austin Public Health (12,000 doses)
  • UT Austin (11,700 doses)
  • Seton Medical Center Austin (11,700 doses)
  • CommUnityCare South Austin (500 doses)
  • Cornerstone Specialty Hospital of Austin (100 doses)
  • Lone Stone Circle of Care at Collinfield (100 doses)
  • Lone Stone Circle of Care at El Buen Samaritano (100 doses)

The Texas DSHS Laboratory, which is located in Travis County, will also receive 22,300 doses. It is not open to the public.

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. The COTA drive-thru clinic, for example, is a partnership between Ascension Seton, CommUnity Health Centers and Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays counties; CommUnityCare is reaching out to its existing patient network to schedule appointments, and counties are working with area school districts to ensure educators are able to get vaccinated. A list of providers with a waitlist can be found here.
Some providers, however, are starting to anticipate widened eligibility criteria in light of DSHS' recent announcements: educators and child care personnel now qualify for the vaccine, and Texans 50 and older will be eligible starting Monday. APH will host its second weekly School Saturdays vaccine event, targeted at educators who are already registered on the department's waitlist, and UT Austin is now encouraging anyone who is interested in receiving a vaccine to sign up here.

With this latest allocation, Travis County will have received 367,485 initial or single doses. There are approximately 532,468 Travis County residents who qualify for a vaccine as a member of group 1A (healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents) or 1B (people 65 years or older and those with a medical condition) or as an educator or child care provider, according to DSHS data. This accounts for more than half of the estimated population 16 years of age or older.

As of Friday afternoon, 197,776 Travis County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 93,510 residents—or around 7.3% of the overall population—have received both doses, according to DSHS.

Texas will receive more than 800,000 initial doses of the vaccine next week. DSHS will allocate 656,810 doses to 455 providers across the state, focusing on hub providers capable of widespread community distribution as well as smaller providers serving older adults. This represents a nearly 30% decrease compared to last week's allocation. Smaller amounts of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine will be available for the next two weeks as production ramps up, according to DSHS. None of the Texas providers included in this week's allocation will receive Johnson & Johnson doses.

The federal government will also provide approximately 200,000 doses to pharmacy locations and federally-qualified health centers directly. Participating Texas pharmacies include CVS, H-E-B and Walmart. CVS currently lists one Austin-area store with vaccine appointments, but they are fully booked. Participating H-E-B locations can be found here. Walmart does not currently list any Austin area stores with vaccine appointments. In addition, Texas is ordering 578,320 second doses for people who received their first shot three to four weeks ago.


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