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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a correction released by APH Feb. 2 that is not reflected in the graphic: "1B-qualified individuals can sign up for an appointment regardless of insurance status."
With a slow rollout process and waitlists that are chock-full, the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Austin is nothing short of confusing. To alleviate confusion around which members of the community Austin Public Health is vaccinating, officials debuted a flow chart to tell you exactly where you are in the chain.
First and foremost, residents over the age of 65 qualify for the vaccine as-is. Those who are over the age of 50 and have an underlying medical condition qualify as well. The last group to qualify must be between the ages of 18-49, have an underlying medical condition and fall into a group that is disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 1B-qualified individuals can sign up for an appointment regardless of insurance status.
**UPDATE** There is an error on this graphic. If you are 1B eligible, you will be able to sign up for an appointmen… https://t.co/pln1h7rud5— Austin Public Health (@Austin Public Health)1612306770.0
Groups that don't fall into those categories will be waitlisted. You can view a list of waitlists here.
With only 12,000 vaccines coming in each week, Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard said it could take up to 16 weeks to get the first dose of vaccinations to the 188,825 people who are registered with APH and qualify for the vaccine. The other 343,514 people currently registered in the APH vaccination system will wait even longer unless the county begins receiving larger allocations of doses each week.
Hayden-Howard also said Austin Public Health has begun reaching out to people for their second dose of the vaccine. However, because the allocation of second doses is based on how many people received their vaccines within each county, Travis County residents who traveled outside of the jurisdiction to receive their first vaccination will not be eligible to receive their second vaccination through APH.
Residents who may have received their vaccination elsewhere will be asked to return to the same location for their second dose.
Home vaccinations will also be available later this month for seniors and those with disabilities.
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Police have arrested one of two suspects involved in a mass shooting at Austin's Sixth Street in the early morning hours on Saturday, leaving 14 people injured and two in critical condition.
The arrest was made by the Austin Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. One suspect is still at large.
Police started receiving 911 phone calls at 1:24 a.m about a man that fired shots into a large crowd, and responded to a chaotic scene on the 400 block of East Sixth Street. Detectives are surveying video footage captured by bystanders and cameras on the scene to identify the suspect.
The Austin Police Department has narrowed down their search to two male suspects and believes there was "some type of disturbance" between the two parties.
No deaths have been reported. Fourteen victims are receiving treatment in a hospital in stable condition with one treated in an emergency room; two are in critical condition.
According to Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon, "almost all" of the victims are innocent bystanders but police have not ruled anyone out at this time.
Shooting on 6th Street Austin Texas 6-12-2021 (Aftermath) youtu.be
The shooting occurred on the weekend of the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally. With lots of people downtown, police say it was difficult to get EMS in and out of the scene. Police arrived while the scene was still an "active threat," officers "immediately began lifesaving measures" and drove six victims to the hospital in their squad cars, said Chacon, and four were transported in ambulances.
Chacon said that the incident is believed to be isolated, and they optimistic they will be successful in getting the two suspects into custody. Multiple departments, including APD, the FBI, Texas DPS and the ATF, are involved in the investigation.
Austin police are also requesting state troopers for patrol assistance in the coming days. Chacon stressed staffing issues are increasingly making responding to emergency calls "very hard."
"Overall, we remain a safe city," Chacon said. "Also keep in mind when you come downtown, you need to be safety conscious. Be vigilant of your environment and your surroundings."
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in which 49 were killed and 53 wounded in Orlando, Florida. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 911 or 512-472-TIPS.
This story was updated at 2:47 p.m. to include new information and will be updated as more details are revealed.
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Austin police are investigating a homicide in North Austin where a woman was shot and killed, just hours after a mass shooting in Downtown Austin hospitalized 14 people.
APD is working a suspicious death near the 1900 block of W Rundberg Ln. PIO is en route and will update with media staging location. PIO6
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) June 12, 2021
Police originally responded to Ironhorse Flats Apartments, 1900 block of W. Rundberg Lane, at 3:20 p.m. when they found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m.
No one is in custody as of yet but police are speaking with potential witnesses. Officials said they believe this was an isolated incident with no danger to the public but said possible relation to the downtown shooting has not been specifically ruled out.
Officers could not provide a suspect description and the relationship to the victim is still unknown.
This is a developing story that will be updated as details become available.
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