What to know about COVID-19 vaccine appointments amid wintry weather

Texas Coronavirus Vaccine

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As cold weather moves through Central Texas, several providers of COVID-19 vaccinations in the area will cancel their scheduled appointments.

Williamson County

Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine hub partner Family Hospital Systems is rescheduling its Monday appointments due to the approaching wintry weather, according to the county.

Right now, the county doesn’t have information on how many people are affected and when the rescheduled appointments might take place. Those appointments were supposed to happen at Kelly Reeves Stadium. KXAN has reached out to Family Hospital Systems for more information.

Williamson County said it made adjustments due to the weather on Wednesday, as vaccinations scheduled at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex were moved inside to the Sun City ballroom.

Austin Public Health

Austin Public Health said Monday it will delay COVID-19 vaccine and testing appointments for Tuesday and Wednesday because of the weather and icy roads. Those who had testing appointments will have to reschedule online for later this week. Those with vaccine appointments can expect an email or phone call later this week with information as the weather improves.

“The vaccine, once refrigerated, remains viable for 30 days,” APH said. “Those who received the first doses from Austin Public Health are assured they can receive their second dose from Austin Public Health. As a reminder, people can receive their second shot between 28 and 42 days after their first shot.”

Austin Public Health said Friday it would not open up new appointments for the rest of the week because of the weather. It canceled all vaccination appointments for Saturday due to the weather. APH says it will contact patients to reschedule appointments for next week. About 2,300 second dose appointments were scheduled for Saturday for patients who received their first doses between Jan. 11 and 16.

APH added some people who had testing appointments were notified hours are being altered over the next few days.

APH is not expecting any of the doses to go bad due to the weather or for them to have problems with vaccine shipments. The agency said it doesn’t schedule appointments until doses are in hand, so that helps to mitigate any supply issues on its end.

Lastly, they are asking those coming out to their appointments to dress appropriately and bundle up.

“The vaccination sites do have mobility services for those who need it that helps expedite the process and would get them inside quicker,” said an APH spokesperson to KXAN.

Staff also recommends people wait in their cars until their appointment time draws near. The agency plans to share more about cold weather preps during a Friday Q&A with the media.

Bastrop County hub

Bastrop County is having vaccination clinics at the end of the week. Health officials said they have plans in place to modify the process so people aren’t waiting outside in the cold.

Hays County hub

Due to the anticipated wintry weather, second-dose appointments at San Marcos High School for Monday, Feb. 15 are moving to Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to the Hays County Local Health Department. Appointments will occur at the same time as they would have on Monday.

If you got your first dose at San Marcos High, the county said you are on the list to receive your second dose Wednesday, regardless of if you get a confirmation email.

Emails for first-dose appointments will be sent soon, the county said. The next first-dose clinic is scheduled for this Tuesday and Wednesday in Dripping Springs. Await an email with details about the clinic.

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