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Here's how many vaccines Austin will receive this week—and where they're going
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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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