Health & Human Services

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

‘I’m so excited, I’m like shaking’: Austin health care workers receive first Covid-19 vaccines

Esmeralda Torres’ eyes lit up above her mask as she talked about the Covid-19 vaccine she’d gotten in her right arm Tuesday morning. “I’m so excited, I’m like shaking,” she said. “I’m so happy.” Torres, a medical assistant at UT…

Monday, December 14, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council committee hears update on effort to ensure menstrual equity

Members of the City Council Health and Human Services Committee considered an update on a Menstrual Equity Initiative, and how to fund it, at their most recent meeting. Meg Moore, community associate for the District 1 office, brought an update…

Thursday, December 10, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Health officials say vaccinations could begin in Austin next week once FDA gives approval

Austin Public Health’s interim authority said he’s “extremely impressed with the efficacy and safety” of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine’s overall efficacy is 94.6 percent, Dr. Mark Escott said during a news conference Wednesday, and for people…

Thursday, December 10, 2020 by Harrison Young

Council removes limits on food insecurity funding

City Council at its last meeting voted to remove limitations on using Community Development Block Grant funds to fight food insecurity in low-income areas. The ordinance, sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and co-sponsored by Council members Greg Casar,…

Monday, November 30, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Public Health urges people who gathered for Thanksgiving to get tested and stay home

Austin Public Health officials are asking people who traveled for the holiday or celebrated Thanksgiving indoors with people from outside their household to stay home for a week and get tested for Covid-19 within the next few days. “It is…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Trey Shaar

Austin health officials plead with residents to stay home for Thanksgiving

Local health officials are hoping people will heed the warnings about gatherings outside the household this week to avoid a repeat of what happened after other holidays this year. Most coronavirus numbers are still moving in the wrong direction in…

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