Austin Public Well being is planning to launch a drive-thru vaccination web site at Toney Burger Exercise Middle in South Austin on Saturday. Plans for the pilot program aren’t finalized, however the well being division expects to manage 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine. APH spokesperson Jen Samp mentioned the positioning will assist enhance accessibility.
“This manner those that don’t wish to stroll in or don’t have the flexibility to make use of a walk-in web site can keep of their autos,” Samp mentioned.
It additionally supplies entry for folks in several components of town.
“We have now nearly all of our websites on the east aspect of Travis County,” Samp mentioned. “(This web site is) positioned so that individuals can have a straightforward transportation and entry level.”
As with APH’s different websites, vaccines shall be obtainable by appointment solely, although these appointments can’t be scheduled till APH has the pilot operation totally arrange.
Those that do get an appointment shall be anticipated to reach inside an hour of their scheduled time, put on a face masks and present proof of their appointment within the type of a textual content or electronic mail – except APH has been involved with them by cellphone. Drivers will keep of their autos your entire time.
APH warns that different folks within the automobile won’t get a dose except in addition they have an appointment.
Preliminary plans are for the positioning to run on Saturdays. APH may scale up the variety of obtainable doses primarily based on the success of the pilot. That can scale back vaccine availability at different websites except APH is allotted extra vaccines from the state. A chosen vaccine hub, APH usually receives 12,000 first doses every week, plus an satisfactory variety of second doses.
APH mentioned there are greater than 200,000 folks within the 1A and 1B precedence teams registered to obtain a vaccine by way of the company.
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