Health & Human Services

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health leaders ask community to consider virtual Easter celebrations

Austin Public Health leaders are asking the community to consider celebrating Easter week differently than normal to avoid a third surge of Covid-19 cases. During a news conference Wednesday, interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott encouraged people to take part…

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

Health officials urge Austinites to get tested for Covid if they traveled over spring break

About a quarter of adults in Travis County have gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the Austin area is seeing record-low numbers of coronavirus cases. But health officials were clear at a news conference Friday morning:…

Friday, March 19, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health to release 4K vaccine appointments Thursday, including for group 1C

Austin Public Health reopened Covid-19 vaccine appointment signups Thursday night, after technical problems Monday left many people frustrated and still waiting for a shot. APH will be releasing about 4,000 appointments to eligible individuals, including those in the 1C group,…

Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health to launch pilot drive-thru vaccine site

Austin Public Health is planning to launch a drive-thru vaccination site at Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin on Saturday. Plans for the pilot program aren’t finalized, but the health department expects to administer 1,200 doses of the Moderna…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Sendero survey finds demographic gaps in willingness to get Covid vaccines

A study of at-risk residents in the Austin area shows large numbers of respondents willing to take a Covid-19 vaccine, with African American and Latino populations showing much more vaccine hesitancy. The survey was conducted in November and December last…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by Andrew Weber

Thousands still waiting for vaccine appointments after Austin Public Health scheduling snafu

People trying to sign up for their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine Monday night faced hourslong delays and were even booted from the queue to get an appointment through Austin Public Health’s site. The glitches were so bad, the…

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