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Austin Public Health is helping those 80 years old and older get quick access to vaccines. Although vaccine appointments opened up to the general public in Texas on Monday, APH will also continue to book appointments for first responders, people 50 and older, those with an underlying health condition and teachers before offering appointments to the public.

APH is asking residents 80 and older to call 3-1-1 for a quicker appointment set up. Those who qualify can call and provide their name and phone number so that the department can call back with an appointment time.


The state is expecting over 1 million doses to ship in this week, and APH will loosen their vaccine qualifications as more at-risk individuals receive their vaccines.

Austin Public Health's vaccine and testing website will be intermittently offline for updates on 7 p.m. Tuesday. Appointments normally open Monday and Thursday evenings, so vaccine appointments shouldn't be affected. Once back online, the site will have a more user-friendly design, APH said Tuesday.

With 31% of the adult population at least partially vaccinated, Austin is experiencing a flattening in cases and hospitalizations. COVID deaths per capita in Travis County continue to be about half of what they are for Texas as a whole.

The UK variant continues to be the most prevalent in Texas, with over 500 cases statewide as of Tuesday.

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