(Updated January 12, 2021)
Due to COVID-19, 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.
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:
To download this information as a PDF, click here
(updated Jan. 25, 2021)
Who Is Eligible to Receive the Vaccine Now?
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, people who fit into these groups are eligible to receive a CVID-19 vaccine, pending availability:
- Tier 1A – Healthcare workers; and
- Tier 1B – People over the age of 65; and people younger than 65 with a medical condition that puts them at a greater risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19.
There are more people eligible to receive the vaccine than there are doses on hand. However, vaccine doses are distributed to providers every week; if a provider doesn’t have the vaccine now, they will likely have more in upcoming weeks.
The vaccine is distributed through a network of registered vaccine providers, which can include physician’s offices and pharmacies in addition to hospital systems and clinics.
The vaccine is available at no charge, regardless of insurance status.
To Make an Appointment to Receive the Vaccine:
- You need to find a registered provider;
- You need to learn how to schedule a vaccine appointment or get on their waiting list; and
- You may need to tell them what qualifies you for Tier 1B (that is, if you are 65 years or older, or if you are younger than 65 and have a medical condition such as: cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; solid organ transplantation; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease; or Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
How to Find a Registered Vaccine Provider?
- You can register with UT Health Austin at this link:
– You will be contacted based on eligibility (currently scheduling those in Phase
– General information about who is eligible and how to register can be found here:
- Check with your doctor’s office, or
- Check with the pharmacy where you get your medications, or
- Search this map of every registered vaccine provider to find a location convenient to you: Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations.
- KUT has a list of vaccine providers who either have doses or will soon get doses. You can find that list here: https://linktr.ee/ATXvaccine; or
- Pre-register to be notified when the vaccine is available at a regional hub. You can see the entire list of hubs here: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-hubs.aspx
- Austin Public Health (APH) is the Travis County hub. Pre-register here: http://austintexas.gov/aph-vaccine-reg
- Family Emergency Rooms Cedar Park is the Williamson County hub. Pre-register here: https://familyhospitalsystems.com/services/covid-19/
- It is easier to pre-register on a computer (instead of a smart phone).
- If you have trouble logging back in to the account you create with APH, try putting “.aph” after the e-mail for the user name. (for example, if the e-mail address you use is email@example.com, you would instead enter firstname.lastname@example.org)
- When vaccine is available, you will receive an e-mail, and can then sign up for a specific vaccine appointment.
- Pre-registering means you will be notified via e-mail when you can sign up for a vaccine appointment; it does not mean you automatically have an appointment.
- Austin Public Health requests that if you can get a vaccine through your healthcare provider or a pharmacy to please do that and help them save their allocation for those who are most vulnerable.
Some pharmacies have posted information on their website about making a vaccine appointment or getting on their waiting list:
HEB has launched a vaccine registration portal (hyperlinked above). When they have vaccine doses available, you will be able to sign up for an appointment. You will need to check this website frequently, as their vaccine delivery schedule is uncertain.
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.
Free Transportation via CapMetro:
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. Customers must secure and schedule their vaccine dose with their healthcare provider.
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.