AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Circuit of the Americas, Austin’s home of Formula 1, is set to become one of the area’s newest COVID-19 vaccination sites — with the potential to eventually administer as many as 50,000 per week.
And vaccinating local school employees along with CommUnity Care members is the initial focus.
The Department of State Health Services has so far allotted 3,000 doses for this week. Those will be given out to select recipients with appointments this Saturday.
A group of Central Texas county judges are establishing the site, which Travis County commissioners approved moving forward with the plan Tuesday.
Judges Andy Brown, Ruben Becerra, Hoppy Haden, and Paul Pape worked with CommUnity Care and Ascension Texas to request additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Doses at the site will be given out in addition to those already being distributed through local hubs.
Travis County Judge Brown says the bipartisan group is prepared to deliver as many as 10,000 doses a day, meaning 50,000 doses of the vaccine a week using the drive-thru set up.
Hopefully, after we have a good good show on Saturday and we get them into people’s arms safely, hopefully that will result in us getting a whole lot more here,” Brown said.
Brown says doses administered at COTA won’t take away from those administered by Austin Public Health. The hope is to get additional vaccines into the community, so they can be distributed at a faster rate.
“We think it will be a way to help be a little bit more efficient, help target people who have been hardest hit by COVID, give them an opportunity to get shots in greater numbers,” Brown said.