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Do you qualify? APH debuts graphic showing vaccine eligibility

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.

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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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway