Austin Public Well being reopened Covid-19 vaccine appointment signups Thursday evening, after technical issues Monday left many people frustrated and nonetheless ready for a shot.
APH might be releasing about 4,000 appointments to eligible people, together with these within the 1C group, in line with a spokesperson for the division. The 1C group, individuals 50 and older, grew to become eligible for the vaccine in Texas on Monday.
The web queue for first dose appointments opened Thursday at 5:45 p.m. These eligible are positioned in a “ready room” and given a quantity in line. Then when it’s their flip, they will start scheduling an appointment. People who find themselves in a position to ebook a slot are then despatched a affirmation by textual content or electronic mail. (To take part on this course of, it’s a must to first register within the system.)
On Monday, customers had been unable to move previous the appointment affirmation web page. The glitch compelled APH to chop the scheduling course of quick, and solely 2,300 appointments bought scheduled.
“After figuring out the difficulty, we’re testing the system to have a profitable first dose appointment launch on Thursday night, Mar. 18,” APH mentioned in a press release Wednesday.
APH introduced final week that it might be releasing appointments each Monday night, and if it has vaccines left over, on Thursday evenings as nicely. The variety of appointments is dependent upon what number of vaccines the division is allotted by the state and the timing of these shipments.
To date, Austin Public Well being has been getting 12,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine every week. At first of the week, APH mentioned it had greater than 200,000 individuals within the 1A and 1B teams registered in its system who nonetheless wanted an appointment. That doesn’t embrace individuals 50 and older and college and youngster care employees, who’re additionally eligible to join an appointment.
Picture caption: Tons of wait in line for a Covid-19 vaccine at a Northeast Austin distribution web site in January.
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