Seven providers in Travis County will receive vaccine doses starting Monday, following the allocation patterns of the last few weeks.
- Austin Public Health (12,000 doses)
- UT Health Austin (1,950 doses)
- CommUnity Care North Central (200 doses)
- CommUnity Care Rundberg (200 doses)
- CommUnity Care South Austin (200 doses)
- H-E-B Pharmacy William Cannon (100 doses)
- Lone Star Circle of Care at Jonestown (100 doses)
Although these providers may have doses to administer next week, many are limiting their supply to existing patient networks or reaching out to eligible candidates directly, rather than working through a waitlist system. View a list of providers with a waitlist here.
Austin Public Health, one of two designated hub providers in Travis County along UT Health, the clinical wing of Dell Medical School, is prioritizing residents who are 65 years of age or older.
With the latest allocation of 14,750 doses being sent to Travis County this week, the county will have received 119,025 doses overall. Local public health officials estimate that there are 285,000 area residents who fall in the 1A and 1B priority groups, meaning that around 42% of them should have access to doses two months into the rollout process.
As of Thursday, 71,035 Travis County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 18,491 residents have received both doses, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.
Nine Travis County providers reported a total 161 wasted doses, according to a report released by DSHS on Friday. Providers are required to self-report why doses were not administered, with local providers citing freezers that were too warm, mechanical failures and spoiled vaccines.
Overall, DSHS reports that fewer than 0.1% of doses have been wasted. The department is reaching out to providers that reported wasted doses to ensure they follow proper storage and handling procedures.
DSHS will allocate 520,425 initial doses of the COVID vaccine to 344 providers across the state this week, with the bulk assigned to hub providers that are focused on widespread community distribution events.
This allocation represents a 56% increase compared to last week's, which DSHS attributed to two factors: a 30% increase in the number of Moderna doses being provided to Texas by the federal government and a one-time return of 126,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that the state set aside as part of a federal program for long-term care residents. The program overestimated the number of doses needed, so some are being returned to the states that provided them.
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Samsung might soon be making more moves in the Austin metro.
The tech giant, which made waves as it announced plans to build a $17 billion chip plant in Taylor in late 2021, might be looking to expand in the Northeast Austin area, according to an Austin Business Journal report.
ABJ said the South Korean company is seeking more tax breaks from nearby Taylor and Manor school districts. The company filed documents requesting Chapter 313 incentives related to the breaks Saturday, and ABJ said each district will review the requests separately on Tuesday.
"While we do not have specific plans to build at this time, the Chapter 313 application process is part of our long-term planning to evaluate the viability of potentially building additional fabrication plants in the U.S.," Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC.'s director of communications, Michele Glaze, told the ABJ.
But Samsung has made headlines for more than just the $17 billion plant: In early 2022, the company caught heat for two separate spills of millions of gallons of wastewater into tributaries near its semiconductor plant.
While no expansion is promised, ABJ speculates that expansions could occur at the 1,200 acre planned Taylor factory or near the chipmaking factory on Austin's East Parmer Lane. Both expansions could bring even more revenue and job opportunities to Samsung's Texas home.
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A first minute error gave Austin FC an early setback, but with the help of two red cards and two second-half goals, the Verde and Black still forced a last-minute tie in a messy home battle against Orlando City SC Sunday night.
With the 2-2 draw, Austin dropped from No. 1 in the MLS West conference but still earned a point in the standings thanks to a penalty kick goal from Sebastian Driussi and a breakthrough shot from striker Moussa Djitte, who scored his first goal with the club in the final minute of play.
Here are the top three takeaways from the match:
A fateful mistake
Just days after his highlight reel-worthy LAFC performance, Austin keeper Brad Stuver scratched heads as he gave away a goal seconds into the game. Stuver's fateful pass went straight to Orlando's Junior Urco, who was already in the box and tapped a quick pass to Ercan Kara to score the first goal of the match.
The mistake forced Austin to chase a tie for the rest of the match, especially as center back Ruben Gabrielsen benched himself in the 20th minute. The team later said Gabrielsen has come down with something similar to a stomach bug.
Orlando would score two minutes later, and Austin FC left the first half looking like the opposite of its "Best in the MLS" self from just days prior.
The two red cards
By the 60th minute of the match, however, the tides had turned. Orlando's Rodrigo Schlegel, who had already racked up a yellow card on a handball, was ousted from the game two minutes later for yet another handball, this time in the penalty box.
Austin's main man Sebastian Driussi took the kick and sent it in for his eighth goal of the season to make it 2-1.
And just over five minutes later, Orlando's Cesar Araujo was the second man in purple kicked out of the match after he kicked Alex Ring on a slide tackle near the box. Austin was left with just over 20 minutes, and just nine opponents left, to try and tie it up.
The 'Mouss' is loose!
As the whistle blew and regulation time ran out, Orlando seemed to have won the match. The team had withstood many, many close calls—including two shots off the post from Austin FC's Diego Fagundez and Maxi Urruti—as Austin FC flooded the box with 22 cracks at a goal.
But thanks to the chaotic nature of the game, Austin FC was given nine extra minutes to tie it up. Moussa Djitte was the one who finally broke through five minutes into stoppage time, earning his first goal in Verde to put a 2-2 cap on the wild home match.
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