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APH vaccines, testing remain closed another day

Friday, February 19, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

All Austin Public Health Covid-19 testing and vaccination sites will remain closed Friday due to ongoing inclement weather. APH sites have been closed since Feb. 12. In a news release, the health authority said current appointments will be canceled, and APH will contact those needing to reschedule, though that will not be done until APH is confident it can safely restart operations.  In a Facebook Live on Thursday, Mayor Steve Adler struck a more optimistic tone, saying, “I think we will be gearing up this weekend. We will be getting out all of the vaccines that we have, we will be increasing the number of hours, we may be increasing the number of locations. Austin Public Health will be reaching out to people who are most vulnerable when there is a time to be able to sign up. People who have already gotten their first shot will get their second shot. Don’t worry about it, it has your name on it. It’s not going to someone else.” Vaccines are provided by appointment only, and APH asks that community members not show up without an appointment, “as that will interfere with the vaccine operations.”

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