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Vaccine week 17: Dozens of Travis County pharmacies, private practices and medical clinics will receive doses

(Austin Public Health)

More than 100 providers in Travis County will receive more than 150,000 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the week of April 5 as part of the 17th weekly allocation. This represents a more than 45% increase over last week's allocation.

Around two-thirds of those doses will go to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is located in Travis County but not open to the public. Its doses will be used support efforts such as the statewide Save our Seniors initiative, according to a department spokesperson.

The bulk of the remaining doses will go to hub provider Austin Public Health, as well as to Seton Medical Center, which is providing doses to the Central Texas Vaccine Collaborative, host of a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Circuit of the Americas. The University of Texas at Austin, the other hub provider in Travis County, will not receive any new doses for the second week in a row.

Dozens of local pharmacies—including multiple H-E-B, Randalls and Walgreens locations—as well as medical clinics and private practices will receive smaller allocations, of around 100 to 500 doses. A full list of providers can be found here.

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. A list of providers with a waitlist can be found here.

With this latest allocation, Travis County will have received 684,195 initial or single doses. As of early Friday afternoon, nearly 35% of the county population 16 and older had received at least one dose and 17% was fully vaccinated.

On Monday, all Texas residents 16 and older became eligible for the vaccine. DSHS said that those 80 years old and older should be prioritized by vaccine providers, and APH has not yet opened up its appointments to the general public.

Texas will receive more than 2.5 million first and second doses of the COVID vaccine across the state next week. DSHS will allocate 1,094,920 first doses to 2,011 providers, the largest number of doses and providers to date. Additionally, the state health department will distribute 626,290 second doses for people vaccinated a few weeks ago.

The federal government will also provide an estimated 900,000 doses to pharmacy locations and federally-qualified health centers directly. Participating Texas pharmacies include CVS, H-E-B, Walgreens and Walmart. The CVS vaccine sign-up system can be found here, participating H-E-B locations can be found here and Walgreens status updates can be found here. Walmart does not currently list any Austin area stores with vaccine appointments.


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