COVID-19 vaccine 411 for Central Texas. Vaccines, boosters, testing, kits & more.

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Keeping track of the latest on COVID-19 across Central Texas. Updates on vaccines, boosters, testing and other details you need to know.

AUSTIN / TRAVIS COUNTY IS CURRENTLY IN STAGE 5 OF COVID-19 RISKED-BASED GUIDELINES! (1/6/22)

The City of Austin has issued new COVID-19 orders for Austin area businesses due to the rising cases / hospitalizations. The orders are for the health & safety of their employees and the public. (1/13/22)

COVID-19 Testing 411:
Sign up for 4 free COVID-19 at-home test kits. One per household.COVIDTests.gov. Ships within 7-12 days of ordering. Face Sheet Having problems ordering the kits? Click here for some solutions.

Insurance companies will cover up to 8 COVID-19 at-home test kits per person insured per month. Depending on the plan either no cost at point-of-purchase or save the receipt to be reimbursed. Info here Press release

Austin Public Health
APH update (1/19): Dove Springs Recreation Center & Travis County Expo Center are open Friday (1/21) & Saturday (1/22) 12p-5p

- George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center / Tuesdays - Saturdays 8a-2p / 5801 Ainez Drive
- Travis County Expo Center / Mondays - Fridays 8a-2p / 7311 Decker Lane

APH would like those who take a COVID-19 test at home and it's positive to please email: epireporting@austintexas.gov (1/11/22)

NOMI Health has drive-up testing at Toney Burger Athletic Complex Monday - Saturday from 8a-6p / 3200 Jones Rd. ATX 78745 / no cost to you/ No appointments needed/ Pre- registration is an option. Results within 15 minutes via text message for antigen tests and 24 to 48 hours for PCR tests.

Where to get COVID-19 Testing / DO512

*Central Texas hospitals are asking that those who are asymptomatic / have mild symptoms of COVID-19 to please call 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 or visit 211texas.org to find a testing site. Emergency rooms need to be reserved for those who are seriously ill or injured. (1/4/22)

* Health experts are urging people to test if you have been around someone with COVID-19 , in a gathering / group or feel sick. Please stay home, and get tested. Continue to do the things that work to help stop the spread. Wear a mask, social distance , hand washing and staying home when sick. The best defense is being vaccinated and get a booster. Look for a testing site close to you. COVID-19 testing in ATX area

COVID-19 Vaccination Information & more

CDC updates on what to know about the COVID-19 Omicron variant: emergence, detection, the tools available and more.
Ways to protect yourself from the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The same as other variants. N95s and KN95s masks are suggested over other masks for the best defense against the Omicron variant. (1/14/22)

The first Omicron variant case in Texas was discovered NW Harris County (12/6/21) 2 cases in North Texas Tarrant & Collin Counties (12/09/21)

President Biden / White House Fact Sheet of new actions to help protect communities and hospitals battle Omicron. (12/21/21)

President Biden's update on the COVID-19 Omicron variant (11/29/21)

Vaccine 411:

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine: Search vaccines.gov. Text your ZIP code to GETVAX(438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to immediately receive addresses of nearby available vaccination centers. Here is important information about the COVID-19 vaccines.

How to find a COVID-19 Vaccine & availability
Vaccine locator tools: National vaccine finder
Retail pharmacies: CDC’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
Texas Department of State Health Services: COVID-19 guidance, testing, vaccines and more.

The CDC Guidance for unvaccinated people and fully vaccinated people COVID Data Tracker

CDC has shortened the recommended time for isolation to 5 days, and wearing a mask for 5 days 12/27/21. Getting tested after 5 days is now suggested. If it's negative, no need to isolate, but wear a mask for another 5 days. If it's a positive, continue to isolate another 5 days. (1/4/22)

CDC recommends Pedriatric COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old can be vaccinated against COVID-19 with Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. (11/02/21)

FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of #COVID19 for children ages 5 through 11.
(10/29/21)

FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. It will be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir'-na-tee) for the prevention of COVID-19 disease for those 16 years & older. It continues to be available under emergency authorization (EUA) for ages 12-15, and for a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuas. (8/23/21)

COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone 5 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. Children 5 years of age and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Find more information about vaccines for children and teens here.

Booster 411:

CDC has approved that everyone 18 years and older is eligible to get a COVID 19 booster (11/19/21) CDC has authorized and recommended for those ages 16 & 17 for COVID 19 Pfizer vaccine booster shots. (12/09/21)

CDC now recommends those ages 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Only for Pfizer vaccines. (1/5/22)

FDA has approved both Pfizer & Moderna boosters for all adults 18+ (11/19/21)
FDA has expanded the eligibility for Pfizer single booster dose for those 16 & 17 years old at least 6 months after their primary vaccination with Pfizer. (12/09/21)
FDA has amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to:
- Children age 12-15 can get a Pfizer booster shot once completing their primary vaccination .
- Shortened the time to get a Pfizer booster from 6 months to 5 months.
- Allowing a 3rd primary series dose for immunocompromised children ages 5-11. (1/3/22)
-FDA has shortened the time to get a Moderna booster from 6 months to 5 months for those who have been vaccinated 18+. (1/7/22)

What to know about who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson CDC (1/3/22)

Where to get a Booster & more in ATX area

Treatment 411:

FDA approved Paxloid for emergency use. The first COVID-19 antiviral pill in the US from Pfizer. The intended use of Paxloid is for adults and children ages 12 and up with mild to moderate COVID who are at risk for severe disease or hospitalization. Not to be used for pre-exposure or post-exposure prevention of COVID-19. (12/22/21)

FDA has approved Molnupiravir for emergency use. The 2nd COVID-19 antiviral pill in the US from Merck. Molnupiravir is used for treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID in adults 18 + who are at risk for severe disease or hospitalization, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate. (12/23/21)

Treatments will be prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptom onset. They are not a substitute for recommended COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster.

Travel 411:

CDC travel requirements Required for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States.
- Getting a COVID-19 viral test, no matter vaccination status or citizenship, no more than 1 day before you travel to the United States. It must show it's negative for international travel.
- Recently recovered from COVID-19 documentation of recovery to travel is required. (12/6/21)

CDC travel advisory level 4, meaning "avoid travel,'' citing "very high'' levels of coronavirus cases. Best not to travel / if you must be vaccinated. The high alert / don't travel list grows ... updated 01/18/22 Avoid cruise ship travel no matter vaccine status. (01/04/22)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has again extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all forms of transportation throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through Janaury 18, 2022. TSA response to COVID-19

Travel requirements to enter the United States. (12/6/21)

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas COVID-19 Initial Pediatric Vaccination Allocation list of the clinics and pharmacies expected to get doses from the state. The list does not include providers like H-E-B, Walgreens and CVS, who will go through the federal pharmacy program.

All in Texas ages 5 & up are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. All vaccines are authorized for ages 18 & older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 5 & older. Percentage of the state of Texas vaccinated (state & county number updates) GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker State & county level data provided by the CDC and state health departments.

Map of how many people are fully vaccinated in each zip code. It's based on DSHS data released to the public. (KXAN)

Capital Metro & COVID-19

NIH 'When to Test' for COVID-19 calculator

American Red Cross / Central & South Texas - National Blood Crisis! All types of blood, especially type O Negative & Positive, and platelets are needed. Make an appointment. Blood donor app.

Austin/Travis County:

Photo credit APH

Austin Public Health invites you to share your experiences getting the vaccine to help shape continued efforts to combat COVID-19 together. COVID-19 COMMUNITY FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE Answering this APH questionnaire will help the progress moving forward. (11/15/21)

Austin City Council vote to extend COVID-19 health authority rules.

Resources from Austin Public Health

APH How to Get Vaccinated: Helpful information on vaccinations, where to get them, masking, stages, resources and lots more!

Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination now? Ages 5 & up are eligible for a Comirnaty / Pfizer vaccine (Texas). Ages 18 & up are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. (updated 11/02/21)

APH and its vaccine partners will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children 5-11 years of age following the guidance from the CDC & DSHS.
- APH’s two Shots for Tots clinics will have vaccines available. Appointments are required call (512) 972-5520. APH Shots for Tots and Big Shots
-APH will offer the vaccinations at two of its walk-in clinics, Delco Activity Center and Old Sims Elementary. No appointment is required for the APH walk-up sites. (11/15/21)

APH Twitter - Updates on daily hospitalizations / ICU and more / Check on holiday closures

CDC has approved everyone 12 years and older to get a COVID 19 booster if vaccinated. Ages 12-17 after 5 months vaccinated with Pfizer only. (1/5/22) Requirements here. Find a booster / vaccine near you

APH is asking for everyone to get vaccinated for both Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 to avoid further straining the health care system. Both vaccines for the Flu and COVID-19 can be administered at the same time.

APH has moved the area to Stage 5 COVID-19 risk-based guidelines due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant /COVID-19 across Central Texas. Guidelines with clear expectations for people in the ATX area. It includes recommendations of wearing a mask in all public situations, regardless of vaccination status. Area businesses are also being asked to require or recommend all customers wear masks. As well as their staff to mask up, and require social distancing. (1/6/22)

Photo credit Austin Public Health

Find a COViD-19 vaccine and booster providers near you.

APH would like those who take a COVID-19 test at home and it's positive to please email: epireporting@austintexas.gov (1/11/22)

Austin Public Health neighborhood COVID-19 testing sites:
Testing is available with or without an appointment, but an appointment saves time. Schedule online or call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. Testing is also available at sites around Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care centers.

APH shares ways you can keep help keep your child safe at school. (1/5/22)

Other resources: Vaccs Facts - VaccineFinder.org - V-Safe - Vaccine FAQs Volunteer at a vaccine site

Austin ISD

Austin ISD COVID-19 information, vaccine clinics and more.
Download the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Baylor Scott & White Health: Vaccinating all Texans ages 5 & up. A parent or legal guardian must be present at time of registration, vaccination and observation. Boosters Schedule Walk-in locations. MyBSWHealth MyBSWHealth app

Central Texas Counties Vaccine Collaborative: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays & Travis.

CommUnityCare Health Centers
CommUnityCare is offering COVID vaccines & boosters for established CUC patients by appointment ONLY. Ages 5 +! Please remember to wear a mask. Central Health vaccine info.

CVS Pharmacy: Vaccinating ages 5 & up! Schedule Now For those without internet access, you can call CVS customer service at 800-746-7287. The vaccine will be free through insurance or a federal program for the uninsured. CVS COVID 19 Resource Center: boosters, vaccines, testing and more

H-E-B:
H-E-B pharmacies all COVID-19 (5+) & flu vaccines (3+) and boosters are by appointment only. Appointments are available daily through the online scheduler. Call 1-800-811-8620 for assistance with appointments or questions on eligibility. Check availability.

Randall's: COVID-19 vaccine ( 5+) and boosters schedule. Sign up for updates.

UT Health Austin / The University of Texas at Austin:
COVID-19 vaccination The UT School of Nursing’s Family Wellness Center providing vaccines for children ages 5-11 by appointment only. Please call 512-232-3900 to schedule. UT Health Austin and University Health Services will continue to vaccinate individuals ages 12 and older.

UT Health Austin is offering 3rd doses Both 3rd doses for eligible immunocompromised patients (12 years of age and older) and Booster doses for patients (16 years of age and older) are available by appointment or walk-in. 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737)

Tarrytown Pharmacy: Book a COVID-19 Vaccine. COVID -19 vaccine appointments for ages 5+. Also Booster updates on 3rd shots of Pfizer vaccine only. Appointments are based on availability and vaccine supply.

VAX Together Austin: Expanding COVID-19 vaccine equity and access in Central Texas. Community COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Open to all. Free. Ages 5 and up: Pfizer. Ages 18 and up: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson

Walgreens: Vaccines for ages 5+. Those eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can schedule vaccine appointments at select locations. Booster shots available to those eligible. Schedule now Walgreens has 3 ways to find a COVID-19 vaccination: Online , App Apple store / Google Play & by phone calling your local pharmacy or 1-800-WALGREENS / 1-800-925-4733. More information.

Walmart & Sam's Clubs Appointments can be made at Walmart / walmart.com/COVIDvaccine Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now available for ages 5+. Also at Sams Club / samsclub.com/covid. Do not need to be a member to receive a vaccine at Sam's Club. An additional COVID-19 dose is now available for immunocompromised patients.

Bastrop County:
Bastrop County HUB is providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Walk-ins welcomed. No insurance card needed. COVID-19 vaccine support line 1-833-832-7067. Need a ride COVID resources COVID FAQs

Caldwell County:
Caldwell County's COVID-19 vaccination clinic & testing information. COVID-19 FAQ

Hays County:

Hays County Twitter COVID-19 updates. Dashboard

Hays County Must be 12 & older to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11. 18 & older for the Moderna vaccine. Younger than 18 must be with a parent or guardian. See guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Adults 18 + are eligible (and encouraged) to get a booster dose.

Visit haysinformed.com/covid-19 for vaccine opportunities in Hays County. Hays County mobile vaccine scheduler / Curative FAQs

Williamson County:

WCC Health District Twitter daily COVID-19 updates of hospitalizations & more WCCHD FB

WCCHD clinics have COVID vaccinations for kids ages 5-11 Call 512-943-3600 to schedule an appointment.

CDC now recommends those ages 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Only for Pfizer vaccines. (1/5/22)

WCCHD COVID-19 Phased Gating Stages
(11/15/21)

- Wear a mask to protect yourself & others to help stop the spread
- Stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

You misplaced your COVID-19 vaccine card. Here's how to receive another record. Vaccine Info FAQs

Curative Vaccine Sites
Curative sites by location
Rescheduled appointments with Curative
email: appointments support@curative.com or call 1- 888-702-9042.

Curative Testing Sites
Lakeline Mall parking lot / Cedar Park
Leander ISD (Gupton Stadium) Trailer
Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center Kiosk

Family Healthcare Systems site:
FHS COVID-19 vaccine & testing services
Rescheduled appointments with FHS
email: support@familyhospitalsystems.com or call 1-737-787-7809.