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.
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Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider
This map shows COVID-19 vaccine providers that have received shipments of vaccine and includes information submitted by providers when they enrolled.
Austin Public Health has launched a COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system for area residents with a focus on vulnerable residents. Additional information can be found about vaccine pre-registration here.
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.
Vaccs Facts is a weekly series of COVID-19 vaccine updates published by Austin Public Health. Please reference this page for updates every Tuesday.
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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. You should contact your regular provider of vaccines to see whether they will be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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
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. To protect patient privacy, locations will only be available to those with scheduled appointments.
- Important to Know
At this time, it is important to remember that not everyone who fits the DSHS and APH criteria will be able to get the vaccine through this first large allocation from DSHS. If you can get a vaccine through your healthcare provider, a pharmacy, or another provider please help us save the currently limited allocation for our most vulnerable populations.
Information on APH vaccine registration can be found under the “Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider” section.
There are more than 350 pharmacies, doctors' offices, and hospital groups signed up to provide COVID-19 vaccines in Austin-Travis County. Austin Public Health will not serve as the primary vaccine provider, rather, APH will serve as an informational hub and safety net for those without insurance.
Texas DSHS manages sign-ups for those wishing to be vaccine providers. To sign up to be a vaccine provider, visit the DSHS vaccine provider information page here.
Even when vaccines are 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
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.
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.
Priority Populations Guiding Principles
The coalition has developed Priority Populations Guiding Principles, which include:
- 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.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
- Texas Department of State Health Services: COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Texas Department of State Health Services: COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
- Texas Department of State Health Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Texas Department of State Health Services Preguntas frecuentes sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19
Austin Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Vaccination Program Playbook (PDF)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)