How Austin Restaurant Workers Can Book Vaccine Appointments in Texas

Texas service workers — along with the general population over age 16 — are able to book vaccination appointments starting on Monday, March 29, thanks to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) opening up the eligibility pool to adults.

Nevertheless, it’s still tricky to schedule a shot: There are various vaccine providers throughout the state, from city and county departments to regional health facilities to statewide grocery store chain H-E-B to national pharmacy chains. It requires Internet skills, patience, and time to find a vaccine.

To help make things easier for Austin-area service workers seeking vaccinations, Eater gathered all of the available vaccine providers in the Central Texas region below, detailing how each location works. Most are still prioritizing people who are high-risk and/or older.

There is a dedicated Google spreadsheet that offers a thorough Texas-wide guide to booking vaccines, as well as volunteer opportunities (if there are leftover vaccines available, volunteers are usually able to receive vaccines for end-of-day shifts, but these aren’t guaranteed) and sources for groups helping people book appointments.

What vaccines are available?

Texas has three available vaccines depending on each site — Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.

  • Moderna: This vaccine requires two doses with a period of at least 28 days and at most 42 days between injections. It’s approved for people 18 years and older.
  • Pfizer: This vaccine requires two doses with a period of at least 21, and at most 28 days between injections. It’s approved for people 16 years and older.
  • Johnson & Johnson: This vaccine requires a single dose. It’s approved for people 18 years and older.

Does the vaccine cost money?

Vaccines are free. While some sites require insurance cards if available, no one will have to pay for the vaccine.

How should I prepare for my vaccine?

For the actual vaccine injection, wear a top with no or sleeves that can be easily rolled up. Please wear your mask as well.

What should I do after my vaccine?

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose) are still asked to follow social distancing measures in consideration of others who might not be vaccinated, i.e. maintaining six feet of distance from people outside of their household groups, wear masks. However, vaccinated people can socialize with other vaccinated people.

Don’t lose your vaccination card. If anything, take a photograph of it.

An overhead shot of a parking lot drive-thru vaccination site in Austin

A drive-thru vaccination site at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Center in Austin
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Austin and Travis County

Austin Public Health (APH)

People can pre-register for appointments through Austin and Travis County’s health department and create an account.
How to Book: When vaccination slots open, APH will make announcements on Twitter, typically Monday evenings. If there are enough extra doses, it will do this process again on Thursday evening. The person will see a “Schedule, Reschedule, or Cancel a COVID Vaccine” button on their account. For those without Internet access, need help with languages, or need transportation to vaccination sites, call (512) 972-5560.
Location: Not disclosed
Type of Vaccine: Moderna
How to Book Second Doses: APH will reach out to people to schedule their second doses through email, text message, or phone. It notes if a person still hasn’t been contacted for their second dose after 42 days, they should just go to one of their vaccination sites with their vaccine card to get it.

UT Health Austin at the University of Texas at Austin

The university health department is vaccinating the eligible public, not just students and staffers of the college.
How to Book: People fill out a vaccination request form if they’re between the ages of 16 to 19. People who are 80 years and older may walk into the vaccination site during weekday work hours and go up to the front of the line. There is a separate vaccine request form for students, staffers, and faculty. If there are doses available, UT will send an email with the subject of “Austin COVID Vaccine Clinic,” which prompts people to create an account and then book the appointment. You will receive a required QR code. There is a guide on how to enter the vaccination site on the day and time of the appointment.
Location: Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway Street, Campus
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer
How to Book Second Doses: People will be contacted via email for their second appointments.

Family Hospital System (FHS)

The Austin-area hospital and emergency room mini-chain is offering vaccinations. Fun fact: Willie Nelson received his vaccination at the Cedar Park location.
How to Book: Anyone can pre-register for their first doses through the online form. When there are doses available, people on the waiting list will be sent booking emails. March appointments are currently booked. For questions, text or leave voicemail messages at (512) 729-1900 or call vaccinateaustin@gmail.com or support@familyhospitalsystems.com. Williamson County is also conducting its vaccinations through FHS; residents can up for their waitlist online and call (512) 943-1600 for help.
Location: To be disclosed.
Type of Vaccines: Moderna
How to Book Second Doses: Second dose appointments will be scheduled over email.

Auro Pharmacy

The Austin pharmacy is also a vaccination provider.
How to Book: People who fall in the 1a, b, and c groups can pre-register online.
Location: 1139 West Braker Lane, Suite 102, North Austin
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

Martin’s Wellness

The Austin-area pharmacy with two locations is offering vaccinations when available.
How to Book: Register for the waitlist online.
Locations: 1509 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 550, Zilker; 100 Commons Road, Suite 1, Dripping Springs
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

Tarrytown Pharmacy

The Austin pharmacy is distributing the vaccine when available.
How to Book: Sign up for the waitlists online, one for those in the 1a, b, c, and essential worker (including those in the food and agricultural industries) groups, and the other for the general public.
Location: 2727 Exposition Boulevard, Suite 105, Tarrytown
Type of Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

Willie Nelson getting this vaccination shot through Family Hospital Systems

Willie Nelson getting this vaccination shot through Family Hospital Systems
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Texas-Wide

Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler

The state health department launched its own vaccination schedule as of today, which presumably searches all available sites offering the vaccine in Texas.
How to Book: Register online. Those who’d prefer calling for assistance can reach out to (833) 832-7067.
Location: Not noted.
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

H-E-B

Texas’s favorite and well-prepared grocery store chain is an official vaccination provider throughout the state.
How to Book: Bookings are made through its designated site. The scheduling site shows available time slots, appointments, and vaccine types sorted by specific locations. The list can be filtered to show Austin-area H-E-Bs by entering “Austin” or a specific zip code into the search bar. For those willing to drive, booking appointments at H-E-Bs outside of city limits is also available. People with questions can call (800) 811-8620 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locations: Various H-E-B locations across the state.
Type of Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson
How to Book Second Doses: For vaccines requiring second doses, the grocery store company will automatically book follow-up appointments through phone calls and emails.

CVS

The national pharmacy chain is offering vaccinations in select states, including Texas and specifically Austin.
How to Book: Check the Texas link found within the map section of the vaccination homepage, which details which cities are either fully booked or have available appointments. If there are available appointments in a city, click the “schedule an appointment” link. The scheduler also indicates which vaccines are available per location. Appointments do require either an insurance card or Social Security number or driver’s license or state ID for billing purposes, but it is at no cost to the person.
Locations: Various CVS locations across the state
Type of Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson
How to Book Second Doses: For vaccines requiring two doses, the second appointments are booked at the same time as the first. Additionally, people who have received their first dose elsewhere are able to book their second dose through CVS through this form.

Walmart

The national retail chain is offering vaccinations in select states, which includes Texas and the Austin area.
How to Book: Create a user name or log in with an existing Walmart account on the scheduler page. Log in, select your location, and answer eligibility questions. Available appointments will show up; if nothing is available, go back and try a different location. Members of Sam’s Club (which is under the Walmart company) members are also able to book appointments. People are asked to bring identification and insurance cards if available.
Locations: Various Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs across the state.
Type of Vaccines: Not noted
How to Book Second Doses: For vaccines requiring second doses, these appointments are scheduled during the first dose.

An H-E-B pharmacist preparing a COVID-19 vaccine dose

An H-E-B pharmacist preparing a COVID-19 vaccine dose
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Costco

The national retail chain’s Texas pharmacy locations — including two in the Austin area — are offering vaccinations.
How to Book: It’s still currently booking appointments for people in the 1a, b, and c groups individually by each participating location. For Austin, this means South Austin and Cedar Park. If doses aren’t available, check back later.
Location: South Austin: 4301 West William Cannon Drive; Cedar Park: 4601 183A Toll Road
Type of Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson
How to Book Second Doses: Not applicable at this time.

Counties Near Austin

Bastrop County

The county agency is one of the state’s vaccine hubs, which means it’s not limited to residents of the county.
How to Book: People who are 18 years and older can sign up for the county’s waiting list, and will be contacted by email or phone to schedule the appointment when doses are available. People can also call the support line at (866) 268-2289.
Location: Not disclosed.
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Information about second dose appointments will be given during the first dose appointment.

Hays County

The county agency is one of the state’s vaccine hubs, which means it’s not limited to residents of the county.
How to Book: Those in the 1a, b, and c groups can pre-register online. When there are available doses, they will be contacted via email with their appointment date and time. Those who’d rather call to be placed on the pre-registration list or need help with the process can call (833) 521-2766 from noon to 4 p.m, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Location: To be disclosed.
Type of Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer
How to Book Second Doses: Second dose appointments will be made during the first dose appointments.

A Hays County staffer preparing a COVID-19 vaccine dose

A Hays County staffer preparing a COVID-19 vaccine dose
Hays County/Facebook

Blanco County

The county office is offering vaccinations for people who live or work in the area.
How to Book: People in the 1a, b, and c groups can register online for the waitlist. The general public will be able to sign up soon.
Location: To be disclosed.
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

Family Medicine Associates of Round Rock

The health care office is a Texas vaccine provider.
How to Book: While appointments are all booked currently, people can sign up for the waitlist online.
Location: 7200 Wyoming Springs Drive, Suite 600, Round Rock
Type of Vaccines: Not noted.
How to Book Second Doses: Not noted.

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