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Vaccine week 9: More vaccines expected this week than last
Healthcare Worker Elisabetta Cucuzza receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Code 4 Emergency Services on Jan. 14. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include hub providers in this week's allocation, bringing more vaccines to the area than previously reported.

Nineteen providers in Travis County will receive vaccine doses starting Monday, Feb. 8, representing a substantial increase in the number of providers compared to recent weekly allocations. The Austin area will also receive more doses this week—18,750, compared to 14,750 last week, with the bulk going to hub providers Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin, the clinical wing of Dell Medical School.

  • Austin Public Health (12,000 doses)
  • UT Health Austin (2,950 doses)
  • Austin Public Safety Wellness Center (500 doses)
  • CommUnityCare Connection Clinic (100 doses)
  • CommUnity Care ARCH (200 doses)
  • CommUnity Care David Powell Clinic (200 doses)
  • CommUnity Care Hancock (200 doses)
  • CommUnity Care North Central (200 doses)
  • CommUnity Care Oak Hill (100)
  • CommUnity Care Rundberg (100 doses)
  • CommUnity Care South Austin (100 doses)
  • CommUnity Care Southeast Health and Wellness Clinic (100 doses)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care at Collinfield (100 doses)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care at El Buen Samaritano (100 doses)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care Family Care (100 doses)
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (500 doses)
  • WellMed Ben White (400 doses)
  • WellMed St. John (400 doses)
  • WellMed Pflugerville (400 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.

With the latest allocation being sent to Travis County this week, the county will have received 137,775 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 48.3% of them should have access to doses nine weeks into the rollout process.

As of midday Friday, 85,423 Travis County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 28,758 residents have received both doses, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.

DSHS will allocate 401,750 initial doses of the COVID vaccine to 358 providers across the state this week, focusing on hub providers focused on widespread community distribution as well as smaller providers focused on older adults, such as pharmacies and community clinics.

The state health department is encouraging providers to make accommodations—such as reserving doses, offering special hours and facilitating in-home vaccinations—for people who are 75 or older because they remain at the highest risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. People 70 and older account for 5% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Travis County but 34% of COVID-related hospitalizations in the Austin metro and 60% of the county's COVID deaths, according to Austin Public Health data.

This allocation represents a 22% decrease compared to last week's, which DSHS noted was larger because of 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.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.