The Texas Department of State Health Services announced on Monday the launch of a COVID-19 vaccine scheduler, which gives users one place to sign up for an appointment through multiple public health departments.
Texas residents can use the scheduler to create profile with their contact information, demographic details and preferred days and times for an appointment. Within a day, those eligible will be matched with the next available appointment within their home county.
More than a dozen local health entities across the state are participating in the scheduler, including Bastrop County Health Authority and Hays County Local Health Department. Austin Public Health is not one of the participants.
"We made it available to all public health entities, and those on the list chose to be a part of it," Director of Media Relations Chris Van Deusen wrote in an email to Austonia. "Others may join in the future."
The scheduler will not replace all COVID-19 vaccine registration systems across Texas. Many entities, including pharmacies and other providers, will continue to operate their own waitlists.
Everyone 16 and older in Texas is now eligible for the vaccine.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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