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01/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2021 14:28

Successful APH Pilot COVID-19 Vaccine PODs Provide Foundation for Future Mass Vaccine Sites

Austin, Texas - Austin Public Health (APH) has distributed 3,996 doses of vaccine as of Wednesday night after receiving 12,000 doses on Monday from the Texas Department of State Health (DSHS) services as part of a new pilot distribution program. APH has plans in place to distribute all doses it received this week. Based on operations this week, APH will make improvements if needed and will be prepared to distribute future allocations.

The first three days of vaccine distribution have been closed clinics serving Phase 1A and 1B patients from community partners that serve uninsured or underinsured populations, including CommUnityCare, Lone Star Circle of Care, and the People's Community Clinic. This has helped to ensure that those who are most vulnerable to complications and death from COVID-19, as well as those who would not be able to get a vaccine from the more than 350 other providers in Austin-Travis County, are able to get vaccinated.

The vaccines provided by APH are available by appointment only. A miscommunication earlier in the week resulted in some vaccines being distributed to those without an appointment. This miscommunication has been resolved and walk-ups will be turned away moving forward.

Individuals wishing to pre-register for a vaccine through APH can sign up at austintexas.gov/covid19-vaccines. Individuals without internet access can call 512-972-5560. The registration system allows anyone to sign up, however, individuals should be advised that APH is a safety net provider and is prioritizing those who are over age 65, or uninsured or underinsured and is using the DSHS guidelines to prioritize our limited allocations. Pre-registration does not guarantee a vaccine immediately.