Limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are available after receiving an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and additional vaccines are undergoing clinical trials. Supply will be limited at first as manufacturing and distribution ramps up. 


Who is Eligible to get Vaccinated at this Time?

Austin Public Health is currently using the Moderna vaccine. Because supply is limited, vaccination is happening in phases. At this time, individuals in the Texas DSHS definition of Phase 1A and Phase 1B are eligible to be vaccinated. However, there is currently not enough vaccine supply in our area to meet the demand for everyone who falls within these categories. 

  • Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities 
  • Phase 1B: People 65 years of age and older; people 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 

As vaccine availability increases in 2021, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites.


 COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration and Providers

Austin Public Health has launched a COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system for area residents with a focus on vulnerable residents. Get the information you need and pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination here

Vaccine Pre-Registration | Preinscripción para la vacuna

Pre-registration does not ensure that you will be scheduled for a vaccine immediately, but will allow you to be added to the system and notified at a later date when additional vaccine is available from Texas DSHS. 

Visit VaccineFinder.org to locate additional providers in your area with supply of COVID-19 vaccine. VaccineFinder is operated by epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital.


Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

APH COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 


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Vaccs Facts is a weekly series of COVID-19 vaccine updates published by Austin Public Health. Please reference this page for updates every Tuesday.


Texas Vaccine Hubs 

Texas DSHS recently announced a statewide program to pilot regional COVID-19 vaccine hubs. Hub providers will focus on large community vaccination efforts, and Austin Public Health has been identified as one hub provider.

Hub Locations

To protect patient privacy, locations will only be available to those with scheduled appointments. Information on APH vaccine registration can be found under the “Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider” section. 

APH has strategically identified vaccine hub locations that are both in the hardest hit communities and accommodate the requirements of a vaccine distribution. That includes that the sites are indoors, have a large seating area to monitor individuals who have been given the vaccine, have ample parking, have connections to transit, and can be set up for dozens of stations to administer the vaccine.

Information for additional vaccine hubs can be found through Texas DSHS.


Continued Precautions 

Even with limited vaccines available, people will need to take additional COVID-19 precautions including:

  • Wearing a mask  
  • Social distancing  
  • Washing your hands often  
  • Covering coughs and sneezes  
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces  
  • Staying home when sick 

Vaccine Development

The federal government, under the umbrella of Operation Warp Speed has been working since the start of the pandemic to make a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine available.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. 
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use. Learn how ACIP makes vaccine recommendations
  • FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified. 

V-SAFE Side-Effect Tracker

After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, many vaccine safety monitoring systems watch for possible side effects. This continued monitoring can pick up on side effects that may not have been seen in clinical trials.

V-SAFE is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. V-SAFE will use text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients for health problems following COVID-19 vaccination. The system also will provide telephone follow up to anyone who reports medically significant side effects. Learn more about the V-SAFE After Vaccination Health Checker.

Register and get started with V-SAFE.


Austin-Travis County Vaccine Coalition 

Austin Public Health, the area hospital systems, and community partners have established a coalition to plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution within Austin and Travis County. The coalition is developing strategies to reach the desired level of COVID-19 vaccination coverage through a phased approach.   

Local jurisdiction coalitions have been identified at the federal level as a best practice and are key to successful rapid vaccine distribution planning. Coalition members continue to assess the evolving situation, inform operational plans, and collaboratively identify resources. The coalition focuses on these key areas:   

  • Identifying Priority Populations  
  • Distribution Channels  
  • Vaccine Management  
  • Community Messaging/Engagement 

The coalition is working with the latest, best information available to make informed decisions with the goal for Austin and Travis County to be ready for the vaccine. 

Vaccine Distribution Plan

Priority Populations Guiding Principles

— Vaccine prioritization should consider those who cannot stay at home, who cannot socially distance in the workplace, and who may face exposure in the workplace (e.g., workers who have externally-facing jobs)

— Vulnerability to exposure should consider:

  • How likely it is that someone will be exposed; and
  • If exposed, how likely is it that this person will become seriously ill

— Outreach strategies should include consistent messaging, trusted community leaders, combat misinformation, and emphasize vaccine safety

— Federal and state government decisions will be reflected in these guiding principles.

Joining the Coalition

The coalition membership includes health care partners, vaccine providers, governing bodies, and community advocates. The coalition is an inclusive and diverse body that strives to ensure all community voices inform the planning process.

Contact APH.Preparedness@austintexas.gov for more information. If you are a member of the media, who would like more information on the coalition, visit our COVID-19 media page.


    Additional Resources

    Austin Public Health

    Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

     

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      Vaccs Facts is a weekly series of COVID-19 vaccine updates published by Austin Public Health. Please reference this page for updates every Tuesday.