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.
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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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.