Austin Public Health officials say thousands of first-dose appointment slots for COVID-19 vaccinations have opened up earlier than previously expected, and said people can sign up for the spots starting Monday evening.
Officials said 4,000 extra first dose appointments are available because Austin Public Health staff had caught up with many of the vaccine appointments that were delayed because of the winter weather.
“This has allowed Austin Public Health to have an excess of first dose appointments available for tomorrow, March 2, causing the need to release appointments outside of the Tuesday/Thursday schedule,” officials said in a written statement.
People who have pre-registered with Austin Public Health will be able to log on to the city’s online vaccine appointment portal and request to be added to the queue for scheduling, officials said, adding that not everyone who gets into the queue will be given an appointment.
Vaccine appointments are still only available for those who are eligible under the state’s definition of Phase 1A and 1B vaccine groups. People who are looking for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine should not sign up a first-dose appointment, officials said.
Officials said people who have already gotten their first dose through Austin Public Health, but have not received their second dose for 42 or more days can walk up to a vaccination site to get their second dose after showing proof that they got their first dose from the agency.