Travis County’s mobile immunization clinics will close at the end of the year

The effort was first launched in February 2021.

AUSTIN, Texas – After nearly two years, the Travis County COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative will be closing shop on its free drive-thru and mobile vaccine teams after December 31st.

The group’s effort to get vaccines in the hardest-hit zip codes began with a mass drive-through clinic at the Circuit of the Americas in February 2021, when Travis County partnered with Bastrop County, Caldwell County, Hays County, Ascension Seton and CommUnityCare Health Centers .

“The effort then evolved into weekend drive-thru clinics at the Travis County Exposition Center and the deployment of strike teams to mobile clinics in places like schools, churches, grocery stores and community centers to give people free access to COVID-19 vaccines . without insurance, in a place and at a time convenient for them,” Travis County wrote in a press release earlier this week.

As of February 2021, the group, along with the help of Ascension Seton, have distributed more than 430,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes the 137,304 cans that Travis County has distributed with the help of the following healthcare partners:

  • CommunityCare: 73,839 doses
  • Travis County Emergency Service District 11: 32,936 doses
  • Ascension Seton: 24,518 doses
  • Central Texas Allied Health Institute: 6,011 doses

Of the approximately 24,000 doses distributed from Travis County through Ascension, 71% of vaccine recipients identified as Hispanic or Latino, 44% said their primary language was Spanish, and 41% received their first or second dose.

“I am incredibly proud of all the work that has gone into delivering hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Travis County neighborhoods that have had higher rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Travis County Judge Andy Brown. “Vaccines have been a life-saving tool during this pandemic, and thanks to all of our community partners, we’ve been able to increase Travis County’s immunization rates, especially among those most at risk.”

After December 31, residents can get their vaccines from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, Austin Public Health Clinics and other healthcare facilities. Vaccine suppliers can also be found at vaccines.govor in Spanish.

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Laura Coffey

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