H-E-B pharmacies in Austin to open COVID-19 vaccine appointments

In early December, HEB announced it would be participating in the unprecedented launch of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now the San Antonio-based grocer is preparing to make its vaccination schedule tool available to the public in its pharmacies across Texas.

In a Jan. 11 press release, the grocery chain said it has requested another allocation of vaccines from the state of Texas and is waiting for it. Although the exact schedule is unknown, HEB says that once it receives these doses, it will activate its online planning tool “in the coming days,” so those falling into Category 1B can start requesting appointments.

“HEB has a strong capacity to deliver vaccines, but it depends on the amount of Covid-19 vaccine that has been allocated to us from the state of Texas,” the grocer said in a press release.

Currently, the Texas Department of Health has approved vaccines for healthcare workers (1A) and for people over 65 or for people over 16 with one or more chronic conditions (1B). Exactly who is eligible to receive the vaccine may soon change. On Jan. 12, the Trump administration announced that it would recommend the administration of a coronavirus vaccine to anyone over 65 in the country to hasten the vaccine’s sluggish, unpredictable introduction.

People who fall into one of these categories should note that appointments should only be made through the portal and walk-ups will not be accepted. Healthcare providers with groups over 30 should email [email protected] to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“According to the direction of the state, our pharmacies will vaccinate people identified in Phase 1B if there are doses left after prioritizing health care providers waiting for the vaccine in Phase 1A,” HEB said.

Each vial contains 10 doses of the COVID-19 dose to be used within hours of opening. Once healthcare workers (Category 1A) have been prioritized, the government has empowered distributors not to waste cans but to pass them on to those in the next category.

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