Austin schools, grocery stores, vaccine providers, public transit and airlines announced a second day of closures and other service impacts due to the ongoing winter storm, which has caused mass power outages and other issues.
Austin ISD canceled classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as buses cannot transport students and internet and power outages may affect their ability to attend online classes. Friday will be an asynchronous learning day. The district will apply for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency to avoid needing bad weather makeup days.
Eanes ISD closed all facilities and canceled remote instruction Tuesday. The district will provide an update on plans for Wednesday and beyond later in the day.
The University of Texas at Austin campus will remain closed at least through Thursday morning and all classes and events, including virtual and online ones, are canceled.
Austin Community College will remain closed through Wednesday, with all online and remote classes also canceled.
St. Edward's University has canceled all on-campus and remote work, virtual classes and activity through Wednesday morning.
Capital Metro suspended all services Tuesday, after doing the same on Monday. The transit agency is focusing on supporting those at cold weather shelters and those in need of life-saving trips, according to a spokesperson. Service impacts are anticipated on Wednesday.
H-E-B's Central Texas stores will reopen from noon to 5 p.m. after Monday closures. "At any time, store hours could be adjusted according to local conditions," according to the San Antonio-based grocer.
Austin Public Health closed its COVID-19 testing sites and vaccine clinics on Tuesday due to inclement weather. This is the second day that the department has done so. Approximately 2,300 second dose vaccine appointments were scheduled on Monday.
UT Health Austin, the clinical wing of Dell Medical School and one of two vaccine hub providers in Travis County along with Austin Public Health, canceled all vaccine appointments through Wednesday. Staff will reach out to appointment holders to reschedule at a later date.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport canceled all flights for the second day in a row.
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More vaccines could be headed to Austin as FDA greenlights single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is to be shipped out this month, increasing the number of vaccines available.
In a virtual meeting on Friday, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously approved of the U.S.'s third available COVID-19 vaccine, which was officially approved on Saturday. Federal officials say 4 million doses will go out nationally this week, with an expected 20 million doses to be available by the end of March. The Texas Department of State Health Services has said it expects to receive about 200,000 doses, but has not released a timeline of when doses will be shipped and available.