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APH to offer flu shots to the uninsured

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

This Saturday, Oct. 24, Austin Public Health officials will be offering walk-up flu shots for those without health insurance, at the Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., from 8 a.m.-noon. Around 200 shots will be given. APH encourages those with insurance to look online to find a place where they can obtain a flu shot. Austin Public Health will hold a second, drive-up offering of about 600 flu shots to the uninsured on Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Travis County Expo Center. According to a press release from the city, “Both events are serving as practice for distributing a future Covid-19 vaccine.” Dr. Mark Escott, interim Austin-Travis County health authority, elaborated, “We have begun planning for the distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine and these flu shot events will help us understand the processes we need to have in place to ensure successful rapid distribution.” However, the “Southeast Branch Library Covid-19 neighborhood testing site will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 24k to accommodate the flu shot distribution. On Saturday, Nov. 7, all neighborhood testing sites will be closed (Givens Recreation Center, Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, Montopolis Recreation Center, and Southeast Branch Library). For both dates, drive-thru testing options will still be available.” Find information at AustinTexas.gov/Flu.

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