More than 74,000 vaccine first doses coming to Austin-area providers in next week

Residents wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Residents wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced March 19 that more than 900,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are on the way to providers across the state the week of March 22.

The total number of first doses tabbed for the Austin area is 74,390: 60,310 to Travis County, 9,100 to Williamson County and 4,980 to Hays County. That number is down from last week, when 91,410 doses were shipped to providers in the three-county area.

Just over 20,000 doses of the vaccine on the way to Travis County will be heading to the DSHS Central Pharmacy Warehouse and are not available for distribution to the public. Vaccines are allocated to providers in each county based on population, and those doses heading to the state warehouse do not count against Travis County’s allocation.


There are hundreds of registered vaccine providers located within the three counties, but just 18 will be receiving doses the week of March 22. Austin Public Health, which operates vaccination clinics at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin, will receive 12,000 doses this week, as it has consistently throughout the distribution process. The public health provider has lobbied to increase its allocation to 24,000 doses, a quantity local health officials have said would allow the area to reach herd immunity within 12 weeks.

According to DSHS data, more than 3 million Texans have been fully vaccinated against the virus, and more than 6.3 million have had at least one dose—meaning about 1 in 7 state residents over the age of 16 are fully inoculated, and more than 1 in 4 have received at least one dose.

Locally, about 11.6% of Travis County residents over 16 are fully vaccinated, compared to 10.59% of Williamson County and 13.32% of Hays County.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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