Amid ommicron news, Austin-Travis County manages record number of COVID-19 boosters – Community News
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Amid ommicron news, Austin-Travis County manages record number of COVID-19 boosters

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Austin Public Health put it, the best offense is a good defense. With new information coming out about the omicron variant and its spread across the United States, APH says they delivered a record number of COVID-19 booster vaccines in the past week.

“The APH staff were able to scale during the high demand for vaccines and their flexibility during this pandemic continues to amaze me,” Adrienne Sturrup, Austin Public Health’s interim director, said in a press release. “There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays and those you love than to be fully vaccinated and, when you qualify, get a booster shot.”

APH said they gave more than 5,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine last week, which they haven’t done since May. About 84% of those were booster shots, according to their release.

During a meeting with the Travis County Commissioner on Tuesday, Judge Andy Brown pointed out that the number of doses given nationwide in the past week equaled more than half of all doses given in the month of November.

Commissioners also noted that people in the community reportedly struggled to get appointments at national chains such as Walgreens and CVS due to high demand.

“Over the past week we have seen an increased demand for vaccinations and testing. Our teams are working to ensure our customers are taken care of to meet this demand,” a Walgreens spokesperson told KXAN.

“We have the inventory and capacity to meet COVID-19 vaccine needs, including in high-demand areas,” said a CVS spokesperson.

Still, Travis County health leaders reminded the public that vaccines can be given on a walk-up basis, without an appointment through the county. You can find vaccine events on the Travis County vaccine website.

According to data from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS), just under 69% of the eligible population, people five years and older, in Travis County have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

That vaccination rate is higher than the state as a whole, which ensures that just under 60% of the population age 5 and older is fully vaccinated.

By those numbers, nearly 79% of the eligible population has received at least one dose in Travis County.