Austin receives COVID vaccines for those who qualify for Phase 1B

Austin will receive 13,300 vaccines for those who qualify for Phase 1B

Austin has received the first shipment of vaccines to the general public.

The state of Texas currently has the right to distribute the vaccine to vendors and local health authorities at its own discretion. To date, Austin-Travis County has received 13,300 COVID-19 vaccines.

In Phase 1B, 12,000 arrived yesterday for the general public.

Yet very few members of the public were vaccinated. There seems to be a general consensus that the public is a little confused about where and when to get vaccinated.

Austin opens the convention center as a COVID-19 Alternative Care Site

Patients entering the alternative care facility are referred from hospitals; it is not a walk-in point.

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It is time to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are over 65 or over 18 and have an underlying medical condition. But where are you going How do you register?

These questions remain largely unanswered.

12,000 doses arrived in Austin Monday and Austin Public Health officials want 12,000 people to be vaccinated by Friday. However, they have not released any information on where individuals can go to get a shot for fear that they could overwhelm the system with long lines.

The local health authorities tell FOX 7 Austin:

Free Phase 1B shots will only be offered by appointment this week on the Austin Public Health website. All registrations over 12,000 will be placed on a waiting list.

Now what about CVS? Or another local pharmacy?

350 vendors in Austin have signed up to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, but none have started vaccinating the general public yet. HEB is one of these providers. The grocery chain launched a public campaign this week: “Hello Texans. We are proud to be working with the state of Texas to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Despite promising to offer footage to the public soon and even put a planner on their website, they didn’t vaccinate anyone during Phase 1B. “Although we can vaccinate people in 1B at the same time, we just don’t have the supplies yet.”

Both HEB and Austin Public Health officials say they don’t know when the next shipment of vaccines will come from the state. State health officials told FOX 7 Austin Tuesday that they are receiving more vaccines from the federal government every week and expect to keep distributing them to providers.

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