(Updated March 4, 2021)
Despite the Governor of Texas opening up the state and rolling back the mask mandate, AGE of Central Texas will continue to follow CDC guidelines, and will listen to our medical experts regarding any change with our current COVID policies. Masks and physical distancing will still be required for all staff and tenants of the AGE Building and Thrive Centers, and the AGE Building and Thrive Centers will still remain closed at this time to outside visitors and the general public. We will continue to consult with the CDC and TXHHS for further guidance as more vaccinations become available in Central Texas.
The in-person AGE of Central Texas programs are currently closed, including the
- AGE Computer Lab
- Memory Connections early memory loss support program
- CaregiverU community-based caregiving education courses.
We have also launched the new Virtual Connections program of innovative virtual services for older adults and care partners, featuring a monthly subscription program offering group and virtual activities designed for different cognitive levels.
The AGE Thrive Social & Wellness Centers have reopened for very limited attendance. To learn about reopening plans for the AGE Thrive Social & Wellness Centers, call Lauren Greenwade in Round Rock at (512) 255-4865 or Lauren Duerksen in Austin at (512) 458-6305.
Our staff are examining every aspect of programming in order to create protocols that will protect the health and safety of clients and staff, and also provide the benefits of supportive group settings.
We hope that community conditions continue to improve so that we can return to doing what we love best – building strong, supportive communities of older adults who are aging successfully together! When we have specific reopen dates, we will let our clients, caregivers, and supporters know, and post the information on our website.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
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(updated March 29, 2021)
Who Is Eligible to Receive the Vaccine Now?
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
The vaccine is available at no charge, regardless of insurance status.
Volunteer Groups That Can Help You Make a Vaccine Appointment:
- Austin Vaccine Angels
- Kendra’s COVID Coaches
How to Find a Registered Vaccine Provider:
- National Vaccine Search:
- Texas Search:
- Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations (new link)
- Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler (new link)
- News story on how to use this scheduler: Texas COVID vaccine waitlist: How to sign up for state-launched registration portal (kxan.com)
- Central Texas Searches:
Links to Vaccine Appointment Portals:
If you are familiar with Slack, this workspace tracks vaccine appointment portals and posts messages when appointments open up: https://join.slack.com/t/texasvaccineupdates/shared_invite/zt-lhqkdf2a-3ijG~Ohgr~JHBjtEXcrccA
- Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler is a state-wide portal where people can sign up to be on a waitlist to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Users create a profile with basic personal and contact information, and then answer a few screening questions to determine priority. You can select preferred days of the week and either a morning or afternoon appointment, and the system will do its best to match you with your preferences at a vaccine site near your address. You can pick between receiving a text message or email to be notified when you’ve been matched with an appointment time.
- Austin Public Health: https://covid19.austintexas.gov/s/schedule-vaccine.
- You must create an APH account in order to sign up for the waiting list or schedule an appointment.
- Vaccine appointments are opened on Mondays (and re-opened Thursdays if there are additional slots available); but you can create an account and add yourself to the waiting list at any time.
- When you register and answer questions about yourself, you will be awarded points according to risk factors that you have.
- People who have registered for the vaccine and have the most points in the system will get emails from APH about 2 hours before appointments become available.
- We have heard that the Austin Public Health will expedite the vaccination process to the extent possible for persons with mobility issues.
- If you have problems scheduling online, call the Austin Public Health COVID Vaccine Hotline: 512-972-5560
- UT Health Austin: http://uthealthaustin.org/…/covid…/covid-19-vaccination
- Register for the vaccine at the link above.
- You will be contacted based on eligibility (currently scheduling those in Phase 1B).
- General information about who is eligible and how to register can be found here: https://uthealthaustin.org/…/covid…/covid-19-vaccination
- Bell County – Information about booking vaccine appointments in Bell County can be found here: https://www.bellcountyhealth.org/covid-19_vaccine/index.php
- Killeen, TX – first dose scheduling: Killeen Vaccine Booking (office365.com). Information available at Killeen Community Center (2201 E Veterans Memorial Blvd, Killeen, TX 76543)
- Temple, TX – Temple Vaccine Booking (office365.com). Information available at Sammons Community Center 2220 W Avenue D, Temple, TX 76504
- Belton, TX – Second Dose scheduling:
Bell County 2nd Dose (office365.com). Helpful Information:
- Drive thru at the Bell County Expo Center (301 W Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513)
- You are eligible to receive a second dose here if:
- It has been 21 days or more since your first dose with Bell County, and
- Your first dose was given at either the Killeen Community Center or Sammons Community Center.
- This waitlist will be utilized to contact individuals when we have doses remaining at the end of the evening. This list will be separate and apart from the appointment booking process. You should only sign up for the wait list if you live close by and are able to get to the vaccine site quickly.
- This does not guarantee a vaccine so it is important to continue to try and get an appointment if at all possible.Bell County Waitlist – Bell County (jotform.com). Helpful Information:
- This waitlist is only for those currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
- Williamson County –
To receive a vaccine appointment, you must pre-register on the County’s centralized waitlist (https://forms.wilco.org/Forms/CV19VaccineWaitListRegistration).
People who fall in groups 1A, 1B, or 1C are encouraged to register on the centralized waitlist, with the possibility of receiving a vaccine appointment this week.
Once it is your turn to receive the vaccine, Williamson County can offer technical assistance with completing your registration paperwork at a Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance Site:
- Hill Country Bible Church, 3300 Little Elm Trail, Gym Building, Cedar Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays
- First Baptist Taylor, 2500 Mallard Lane in Taylor, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays
- The Oaks in Sun City, 301 Del Webb Blvd. in Georgetown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays
- First United Methodist Church Georgetown (McKinney Christian Ministry Center), 1205 Ash St. in Georgetown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Northpoint Church, 1320 Arrow Point Dr. in unit 201 in Cedar Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays
Some pharmacies have posted information on their website about making a vaccine appointment or getting on their waiting list:
HEB has started receiving vaccine doses and opens appointments as they are available. You need to check this website frequently; the vaccine delivery schedule is uncertain.
38th St. Pharmacy
(You don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member to receive the vaccine there, but if you’re not, you will need to create a free guest registration.)
Has vaccines available in some Texas cities. Click on Texas at this link (COVID Vaccine (COVID-19 Immunization Updates) | CVS Pharmacy) to see a list of towns that are either fully booked or have appointments available.
Good Neighbor Pharmacies are approved to administer the vaccine, but we haven’t found a registration page for them.
(You will need to create a Walgreens account to register for an appointment or availability alerts.)
If You Have Mobility Issues or Physical Limitations:
- Be sure to take the equipment you need (for example, wheelchairs and walkers) in case you have to wait for a period of time when you show up for your vaccination appointment.
- We have heard that the Austin Public Health will expedite the vaccination process to the extent possible for persons with mobility issues.
- Vaccines offered through the Family Emergency Rooms (Williamson County hub) are given in a drive-thru system, so recipients never have to get out of their cars.
CapMetro is offering complimentary curb-to-curb service for eligible community members and healthcare providers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Call (512) 369-6050 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to request your trip at least 1 day in advance of your vaccine appointment.
When making the reservation, you will need the following information:
- Pickup address
- Vaccine location destination address
- Requested appointment and return times.
- If the customer is traveling with another person or utilizing any mobility aids.
Service hours are Monday-Friday, 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Saturday, 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Service is available within the current MetroAccess ADA service area.
Customers should expect their ride to arrive within 30 minutes before or after their scheduled pickup time. When the appointment has ended, customers may call for their
return pickup to be dispatched.
Please note: Capital Metro is only providing transportation, not the vaccine itself.
The Capital Area Rural Transportation System will offer Free Rides on all CARTS Country Bus services to passengers who need transportation to vaccination sites.
CARTS provides transportation for the non-urbanized areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis, and Williamson counties. Anyone in the CARTS Rural District will be able to ride CARTS Country bus services FREE to get vaccinated.
If you live in the CARTS rural service area, please schedule your ride 24 hours in advance by calling 1-512-478-RIDE (7433).
How to Decide About Getting the Vaccine:
Here are some sites to help you weigh the pros and cons:
- CDC: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 Vaccines: Get the Facts
- FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet (available in several languages)
- FDA: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet (available in several languages)
How to Learn More:
- “Vac Facts” is published each week on the City of Austin’s COVID-19 Vaccines
- Austin Public Health hosted a community town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine strategy, plan, safety, and effectiveness on January 13th. You can find recordings of the
– In English
– En Español
- Williamson County and Cities Health District COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- City of Round Rock Vaccine Information
- Baylor Scott & White: COVID-19 Vaccine Update
- David’s HealthCare: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
We will update this information as we learn more. If you have helpful information to share, please e-mail Annette Juba, LCSW (email@example.com).
The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted AGE of Central Texas to take additional measures to mitigate the chance of the coronavirus taking hold in our facilities, and in order to protect our staff and clients. These are evidence-based and common sense based steps that are our first line of defense in the process of stopping the spread of germs and viruses. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, follow the advice of local and national health authorities, and adapt our policies and procedures as necessary.
AGE of Central Texas needs your support, now more than ever, to provide essential services for older adults and caregivers! Your gift will provide food, medical equipment, hygiene products, and key virtual services for the most vulnerable population in our community-older adults.
Give now and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000!
RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS AND OLDER ADULTS
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified older adults – those ages 60 and older – and people who have severe chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney disease to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.
AGE of Central Texas encourages all caregivers and older adults to follow the expert advice given from the CDC, which is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds.
The CDC is also recommending these common-sense tips:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
For family members, neighbors, and caregivers:
- Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
H-E-B and Favor Delivery are launching a Senior Support Line, a new delivery program designed to offer a safer solution for older adults (60+) across Texas. Older adults can place orders from curated list of essentials by calling 1–833–397–0080, via the Favor app, or online at FavorDelivery.com. The phone line will be staffed with volunteers to accept/process home delivery orders via phone daily from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
All fees will be waived for the first 30 days, with a $10 tip included in the order for the Favor Runner. More information here.
RELIABLE ONLINE RESOURCES
AGE has identified the following entities as valid sources for disease control and prevention information:
PRECAUTIONS AT AGE BUILDING AND PROGRAMS:
AGE of Central Texas has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and is following updates and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, local and state health departments, and other governmental agencies. Additionally, our Executive Leadership Team is meeting daily to review the latest information on this rapidly changing situation and will respond accordingly.
AGE staff is working diligently to create virtual services to be offered to clients in an effort to help alleviate any negative effects for those self-selecting to stay home as an extra precaution. These services will be designed to keep older adults engaged, support caregivers, and prevent feelings of isolation.
We have created an online library, which will be updated daily, featuring dozens of activities, videos, virtual tours, webcams, and resources for older adults and family caregivers to enjoy while at home: Click Here for the AGE Resource Page
In addition, we are continually providing our staff with the latest and best information available, so they can protect not only the families that we serve, but also themselves and their families as well.
If you or a family member need assistance, please contact us at (512) 451-4611, or contact our Resource Center at (512) 600-9275.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL:
With new confirmed cases being reported in all of the AGE service areas, and the Governor of Texas’ official declaration of a statewide health disaster yesterday, we are making the following adjustments to our programs and services:
- Our team continues to provide one-on-one assistance and navigation to resources via email – ResourceCenter@AGEofCentralTX.org – and telephone: 512-600-9275.
- Staff have also created virtual support groups – email ResourceCenter@AGEofCentralTX.org for more information.
THRIVE SOCIAL & WELLNESS CENTERS:
- Staff are creating weekly activities to keep our members engaged while they “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”
- Staff are contacting members regularly throughout the week via telephone to touch base and keep our members engaged.
- We are providing meals to pick-up for our members who are in danger of becoming food insecure.
MEMORY CONNECTIONS early memory loss support program:
- Program staff are contacting members electronically and via telephone to touch base weekly.
- Staff are also creating virtual activities to keep members engaged and active.
ALL OTHER PROGRAMS:
- All non-essential staff are working from home.
- All group meetings are being conducted via teleconferencing.
- All volunteer opportunities and vendor activities are canceled until further notice.
THE AGE BUILDING:
- The Building is closed to the public.
- All outside support group meetings are canceled until further notice.
- Sanitation of commonly used areas will occur daily.
We will continue to evaluate the community situation as it evolves, and will adjust our response as needed.