Austin, TX Patch
TRAVIS COUNTY, TX — Travis County and the Texas Department of State Health Services will continue to have several drive-thru vaccination sites for the week of April 12.
Starting Monday, anyone 18 years of age and older can book an appointment through Austin Public Health, officials said.
This move comes two weeks after Texas health officials said anyone 16 and older could get the vaccine. The health agency continues to receive about 12,000 doses per week.
To date, 442,306 doses have been administered to Travis County residents and 266,202 of those residents have been fully vaccinated, according to data provided by DSHS.
Here’s how, when and where you can get vaccinated this week.
First, are you eligible for a vaccine?
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
Had COVID-19 recently? If you plan to get a vaccine through Austin Public Health, the city-county health agency will not vaccinate those who are currently sick or have been positive for COVID-19 within the last 60 days.
How do you register for a vaccine?
For a free vaccination with Austin Public Health, you must first pre-register to determine your eligibility, according to the city of Austin’s website. Completing pre-registration does not guarantee that you will receive the vaccine or a scheduled appointment, but it will allow you to be added to the system to schedule at a later date when additional vaccine is available. Here’s where to pre-register for the vaccine.
Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler: The DSHS has launched a new website that helps residents book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine in one place. Click HERE to schedule an appointment.
I got a “Schedule a COVID Vaccine” button. What do I do next?
When you are eligible for a vaccine, you will see the button in vaccination appointments on the site, which are released on Monday evenings.On March 8, Austin Public Health announced the weekly Monday release will include first dose appointments for the entire week of planned vaccine operations.
Authorities said specific days made available and the number of appointments released will vary each week depending on vaccine availability and the timing of shipments from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Should additional vaccine doses become available later in the week, the city-county health agency will conduct another appointment release on Thursday evening of each week.
What if Austin Public Health cancels a Thursday release? The agency will cancel the Thursday release of appointments if there is no available vaccine. If that happens, the public will see this cancellation on the scheduling page and on its social media channels.Below are tips that will help individuals schedule appointments:
Appointments are only available to those in the 1A, 1B and 1C groups, as well as those who work at a school or work as/for a certified child care provider. If you are not able to get into the queuing system you are not eligible.When it is your turn, it may take you to the log in screen. If that happens, please log back in and continue to schedule. You have not lost your spot.If you get stuck clicking “Next” this means too many people are selecting that time slot. Please click the home icon in the upper left corner and click “Schedule, Reschedule, Cancel a FIRST Dose Vaccine” to select a new time slot. Do not click the back button in your browser.Make sure you are scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine and not a COVID-19 test. Testing sites do not have the vaccine.Enable all cookies when in the queue. This will help hold your place in line if you are logged out. Cookies are small bits of information which help websites remember that you’ve logged in, or perhaps to store your personal preferences for that website. I got my first dose, and it’s been more than 21 days. I still haven’t received a second appointment. What do I do now?
If you received your first dose through Austin Public Health and it has been 42 or more days since your first dose and you have not received an appointment, the city-county agency said residents may walk-up to its vaccine sites and present your vaccine card to receive your second dose.
Is it even safe to get it after 42 days?Yes. While the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended 21- or 28-day interval as possible, you can get vaccinated up to 42 days or 6 weeks later.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended 3- or 4-week interval.
I can’t get my second dose in the recommended time window. What do I do? Do I start over?
If you are unable to get your second dose in the recommended time frame, you do not have to start over. While missing the suggested interval delays full protection, you can still get the second dose later if you have difficulty getting it within the recommended time. You will get full protection from the vaccine 1–2 weeks after getting your second dose.
Vaccination sites in Travis County:
Since Austin Public Health is no longer the only source of the vaccine, residents are encouraged to regularly check locations they normally receive vaccines such as pharmacies and doctor’s offices.Limited vaccines are available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies and hospitals. To find a local provider in your area, visit VaccineFinder.org.
Want to see who has available vaccines? Check out Texas’ vaccine availability map.
Texas Additional Providers/Allocation Sites For The Week of March 29 (first doses only):
*Make sure to call the site to see if this location has available vaccines for eligible residents.
Austin Radiological Association, 12554 Riata Vista Circle, in Austin (200 doses available)Austin Regional Clinic – Anderson Mill, 10401 Anderson Mill Rd. Ste 110b, in Austin (200 doses available)Austin Regional Clinic – Wilson Parke, 11714 Wilson Parke Ave. Ste 150, in Austin (200 doses available)Crossover Health, 6300 Bee Caves Rd. Bldg. 2, in Austin (100 doses available)Crossover Health Medical Group, 5505 West Parmer Ln., in Austin (1,000 doses available)E David Pampe, Md., 6012 West William Cannon Dr., in Austin (100 doses available)Family Wellness Clinic UT Austin School Of Nursing, 2901 N Interstate 35 Ste 1. 301, in Austin (300 doses available)Guadalupe Zamora M.D., P.A. 2100 E 6th St., in Austin (100 doses available)Jose F Santiago M.D., 2624 W. William Cannon Dr., in Austin (100 doses available)Lone Star Circle Of Care At El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue Dr., in Austin (100 doses available)Lone Star Circle Of Care Ben White, 1221 W Ben White Blvd. # B100, in Austin (100 doses available)Lone Star Circle of Care Family Care Center at Northwest Austin, 11111 Research Blvd. Ste 320, in Austin (100 doses available)Red River Family Practice, 900 E 30th St., in Austin (200 doses available)Seton Medical Center Austin, 1201 W 38th St., in Austin (2,000 doses available)Shots For Tots Saint Johns, 7500 Blessing Ave., in Austin (300 doses available)Shubha LLC. DBA Auro Pharmacy, 1139 W Braker Ln., in Austin (1,200 doses available)Trinity Internal Medicine, 313 E 12th St. Ste 102, in Austin (100 doses available)Wellmed Ben White, 706 W Ben White Blvd. Ste A, in Austin (500 doses available)Austin Regional Clinic – Manor, 11300 U.S. Hwy 290 E Ste 230 Bldg., in Manor (200 doses available)Austin Regional Clinic – Pflugerville, 15803 Windermere Dr. Ste 103, in Pflugerville (200 doses available)Wellmed Pflugerville, 2700 W Pecan St., in Pflugerville (100 doses available)