11 Austin hospitals among first in nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are just days away from arriving in Austin. Earlier this week, the Texas Department of Health confirmed 11 hospitals and clinics in the Austin area to receive the vaccine in the first week of availability.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Texas on December 14, while Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be available just days later. During the first week of the rollout, the Austin-Round Rock subway area is expected to receive approximately 16,500 doses, most of which will be given to health care workers and frontline workers.

The following hospitals will be among the first places in the nation to receive the vaccine:

  • Seton Medical Center Austin

  • Dell Children’s Hospital in Central Texas

  • South Austin Medical Center

  • Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas

  • UT Health Austin (Dell Medical School)

  • Austin State Hospital

  • North Austin Medical Center

  • St. Davids Medical Center

  • Seton Medical Center Hays – Kyle

  • Round Rock Medical Center – Round Rock

  • Baylor Scott White Health MC Round Rock – Round Rock

Of these 11 health care providers, Seton Medical Center Austin and UT Health Austin receive the most doses at 2,925 each.

In a virtual press conference on December 9, the Austin-Travis County Provisional Health Authority praised Dr. Mark Escott found the Pfizer vaccine and called it “very effective”. “The data shows that the effectiveness of this vaccine is very good,” said Austin’s top doctor.

According to Escott, after initial studies, the vaccine’s effectiveness was 95 percent when patients received both injections of the two-dose shot. It is therefore important that this second injection is received.

As mentioned earlier, healthcare and frontline workers are given the COVID-19 vaccine first, followed by nursing home residents. Austin will roll out in four phases, beginning with the most vulnerable populations in Phase 1, which starts next week.

Phase 2 is scheduled to run from January to July and will increase the number of vaccines and be distributed to pharmacies and places like HEB. If you are not among these vulnerable populations, it may be between July and October before you get the vaccine. So don’t go to these hospitals thinking that you are going to get the injection.

To help gauge where your “place on the line” is, the New York Times has created an interactive tool based on your age, location, occupation, and health conditions.

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