Travis, Williamson, Hays counties receive 26,300 coronavirus vaccines this week, see hospital surges relax

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Hannah Sullivan, a student at Galen College of Nursing, holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hannah Sullivan, a student at Galen College of Nursing, holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of State Health Services will ship 520,425 initial coronavirus vaccine doses to providers across the state during the week of Feb. 1, including a total of 26,300 doses that will go to Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. All three counties' largest shipments will go to regional hub locations, which can be attended by any qualifying member of Phase 1A or Phase 1B in Texas—front-line health care workers, long-term care facility residents, people over the age of 65 and those with certain high-risk medical conditions.

Travis, Williamson and Hays counties all belong to Texas Trauma Service Area O, which was downgraded from its status as a high-hospitalization area Jan. 30 after seven consecutive days with COVID-19 patients accounting for less than 15% of total hospitalized patients. Per state law, restaurants and most businesses in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties can begin operating at 75% capacity again.

Counties may also decide whether to reopen bars at 50% capacity; Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell and Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra have already announced that their counties’ bars may do so. Travis County Judge Andy Brown, however, has not and issued a statement Jan. 30 urging continued caution.

“This new development does not mean this deadly virus is no longer a threat. I continue to encourage everyone in Travis County to take extra steps to help mitigate any further spread of COVID-19,” Brown said. “Because vaccine supplies remain very limited, we must continue to stay home as much as possible and only travel for essential needs. When we must travel outside our home, always wear a mask and remain physically distant.”

Becerra likewise acknowledged limited vaccine supply in Hays County in a Jan. 31 news release.

“With the current severe lack of vaccine supply, the tremendous demand makes dispensing the doses a huge disappointment,” Becerra said.

Below are the providers receiving doses in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties this week. Addresses included are not necessarily where vaccines will be distributed, and all providers require preregistration. Information about registering for appointments or more information about the provider's protocol is linked where available.

Hays County

Hays County Health Department (regional hub)

401 Broadway St., Ste. A, San Marcos

1,950 doses

Ascension Seton Hays Hospital

6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle

300 doses

Austin Regional Clinic - Kyle

4100 Everett Drive, Ste. 400, Kyle

300 doses

Austin Regional Clinic - Buda

3420 FM 967, Ste. B100, Kyle

300 doses

Travis County

Austin Public Health (regional hub)

15 Waller St., Austin

12,000 doses

UT Health Austin/Dell Medical School (regional hub)

1601 Trinity Ave., Austin

1,950 doses

CommUnityCare South Austin

2529 S. First. St., Austin

200 doses

CommUnityCare Rundberg

825 E. Rundberg Lane, Ste. B1, Austin

200 doses

CommUnityCare North Central

1210 W. Braker Lane, Austin

200 doses

H-E-B Pharmacy 229

6607 S. I-35, Austin

100 doses

Lone Star Circle of Care at Jonestown

18220 FM 1431, Ste. D, Leander

100 doses

Williamson County

Family Emergency Rooms Cedar Park (regional hub)

3620 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

8,000 doses

Williamson Counties and Cities Health District

100 W. Third St., Georgetown

500 doses

Seton Circle of Care Senior Health

3950 N. AW Grimes Blvd., Ste. 104, Round Rock

100 doses

Lone Star Circle of Care Taylor Health Center

601 Mallard Lane, Ste. A, Taylor

100 doses
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.