Austin Area COVID-19 Dose 1 Vaccine Options
January 14, 2021
We have received your calls, emails, and MyChart messages. First and foremost, we want to thank you for your understanding. We are trying our best to keep everyone updated about a rapidly changing local and nationwide vaccine distribution plan.
The most important message in today’s update is to encourage all of you to use any option to obtain your first dose of vaccine from any approved entity offering it.
Reasons behind this recommendation are listed below.
As of today, Thursday, January 14,2021, this is what we know.
- Texas Governor Abbott announced the new hub system COVID-19 vaccine distribution program on Monday, January 11. At this time, we have been notified that healthcare organizations in our area will NOT be designated as hubs.
- We expect NO NEW SUPPLIES of COVID-19 vaccine at ARC in the near future.
- We do expect to receive 8,000 second doses for the individuals who already received a first dose at ARC. Those individuals have either already been scheduled or if not, will be contacted for scheduling.
- ARC will continue to stay in close contact with local and state officials, and if this changes. If the situation changes and we do receive any additional first doses, we will immediately start vaccinating eligible patients in Groups 1A and 1B as we explained in our email last week. Click here to read that email.
- ARC is very confident in the system we have developed and hope to receive more vaccine to help the city and state quickly and efficiently administer vaccine to help more people reach immunity sooner.
If you have underlying health conditions, you can visit the Austin Public Health (APH) and Texas DSHS websites for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for specific population groups in our area.
ARC has served Central Texas for over 40 years and we remain committed to overcoming the challenges of this pandemic and meeting all your health care needs now and in the future. We will keep you updated by email and web announcements as we get more information.
We thank you for your continued patience and wish you good health.