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Austin police officers receiving COVID-19 vaccines this week

Kelsey Bradshaw
Austin American-Statesman

Austin police officers are among a group of first responders receiving COVID-19 vaccines this week through the Austin Public Safety Wellness Facility, city officials said. 

Officers, along with medics and fire personnel, will receive a Moderna vaccine at the facility, city spokesman Bryce Bencivengo said. The majority of the 1,300 vaccine doses the facility received from the state will be given out this week, he said. 

Before this week, medics and fire officials were able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through University of Texas Dell Medical School as early as Dec. 19. Health care workers can also get a vaccine through places like an H-E-B pharmacy, Bencivengo said. 

"The Wellness Center is vaccinating public safety employees in accordance with (Texas Department of State Health Services) guidance and recommendations by DSHS Commissioner Hellerstedt," a written statement from the city says.

Based on the interest in vaccines at UT Dell Medical School, the vaccines were opened up to police, Bencivengo said. Officers who are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions are being given priority, he said. 

"If we can't get all the slots filled by those kind of people... we're just trying to get shots in arms," he said. 

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