Briefing Minutes 1.13


1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?

US 22,522,749 confirmed cases 199,793 new cases in 24 hours 375,124 deaths 1,957 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 1,753,059 confirmed cases 12,954 new cases in 24 hours 30,219 deaths 186 new deaths in 24 hours

Travis county 56,825 confirmed cases 584 deaths

-Getting Vaccinated

At this time, individuals in the Texas DSHS definition of Phase 1A and Phase 1B are eligible to be vaccinated. However, there is currently not enough vaccine supply in our area to meet the demand for everyone who falls within these categories.

  • Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities

  • Phase 1B: People 65 years of age and older; people 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19

As vaccine availability increases in 2021, people will be able to get vaccinated at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and other “usual” sites. You should contact your regular provider of vaccines to see whether they will be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccine.

-Austin Public Health will be receiving vaccine this week and will be distributed for people in IA category first.

For a vaccination you must first pre-register and complete several questions to determine eligibility. Completing pre-registration does NOT guarantee that you will receive the vaccine or be guaranteed a scheduled appointment.

To complete the pre-registration process:

Step 1

  • Create an account at

Step 2

  • Pre-register for COVID-19 Vaccine.

  • You will answer a few questions about yourself, vaccine reaction, and insurance information. Information provided will determine your eligibility for vaccination.

  • You will not be asked about your immigration status.

Step 3

  • When eligible for an APH vaccine, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment

  • There will be a phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine with a very limited supply at the beginning. Austin Public Health follows Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines to determine eligibility.

  • Vaccine information will be sent to IMMTRAC Texas Immunization Registry, and then used to notify of you of your vaccine appointment availability, and for the required follow up appointment to receive the second record dosage of vaccine.

  • Information you give during pre-registration is private and confidential by law and will be maintained with confidence.

  • Vaccination is free.

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access will be provided upon request. If you cannot access a location because of problems with transportation, internet, email, or computers please call 512-972-5560.

Please Note: If you are deemed eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, a link will be sent to the email provided that will allow you to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. The pre-registration does NOT guarantee a vaccine or an appointment.

-HEB has requested more doses of the vaccine and you can schedule appointments online. The vaccinations will be given to people in Phase IA and IB (65 and older and 16 and older with a chronic medical condition)

-Austin Public will receive vaccine for people in Phase IA on Wednesday (1/13)

-At an update to Austin City Council Dr. Mark Escott gave details about all school ages are outpacing the community positivity rates. Parents are asked to choose the virtual option for their children if possible. Last week there were 292 cases in Travis County schools. Last week positivity rate in High Schools was 20.2%, Middle Schools 27.1%, Elementary Schools: 19.8%and Preschools 10%. The risks are with extracurricular activity and shared transportation.

-Austin area ICU capacity projected to run out in 2 days according to APH. Austin’s hospitalization rate was 19% as of January 12. ICU admissions for COVID patients were 180 out of total capacity of 200 for the area.

-Alternate Care site at Austin Convention Center now open as a temporary hospital to relieve other area hosptials that are being overwhelmed. Will take patients from local hospitals. Currently staffed for 25 patient right now, but planned to take up to 1000 patients. Right now will see low acuity patients and will later be able to handle more moderately acute patients.

Austin Public Health is getting vaccine this week for IA patients.

2.Updates on any action items:

Nothing today

3. Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?

-Considering MLK as a holiday in future, too soon to establish that before Monday. Considering closing classes but keeping Clinics open for both students and patients who have made appointments because of the holiday

-Open appts free at both locations so please check with the Clinics if you are interested.

Marketing will come up with a script for individuals to use on individual social media posts to get the word out about free acupuncture appointments

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

January 13

Korean American Day

National Peach Melba Day

National Rubber Ducky Day

Stephen Foster Memorial Day

National Sticker Day

Today in 1968 Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison

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