As we head into the year-end holidays, Austin faces the ominous challenge of rising COVID cases. To avoid another spike like we had this summer, Emergency Rules have been extended. More importantly, we’ve all got to pull together to lessen our risk. On top of all this? We are in flu season. So, how can you help?
Get a Flu Shot!
Austin Public Health recently held two free Flu Shot Clinics to serves as system trials for what will eventually become our rapid response protocol when a COVID vaccine is available. Keep an eye on our D6 Facebook Page for updates on more free shot clinics.
But in the mean while, you can still get flu shots and COVID tests all over town. A variety of venues offer free flu shots (whether you have insurance or not), or for those without insurance, the city offers Free COVID-19 Assessment & Testing. Those with health insurance are encouraged to contact their doctor or insurance company to seek Covid-19 testing.
Here are some testing locations in Northwest Austin (that take insurance):
CommUnityCare Health Centers offer COVID-19 testing free to people without insurance. When testing capacity is reached for the day, the site must close. Tests are for established CommUnityCare patients, the uninsured, and those without an established provider. While the tests are available without an appointment, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis; and they reach capacity very early in the day.
For peace of mind: Here’s a handy page to distinguish between COVID and Flu Symptoms.
Individuals can take the APH self-assessment to schedule testing at austintexas.gov/covid19. Those without access to the internet can call the APH nurse hotline for an assessment at 512-972-5560. The hotline provides service in over 200 languages.
Let’s do this, Austin! Together, we can ward off a second huge spike and keep our neighbors, friends, and loved ones safe!