Austin Public Health is piloting drive-through vaccinations at the Toney Burger Activity Center this weekend

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The Toney Burger Activity Center, pictured here as a food distribution site in 2020, will be converted to an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Journal)

After spending the past two weeks preparing the Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin as a vaccination site, Austin Public Health will pilot a drive-thru vaccination event at the site on March 20.

According to an APH press release, 1,500 people will be vaccinated this weekend during the pilot program. If successful, the venue has the capacity to serve up to 3,000 people per day. The center will be the first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site operated by APH and is located at 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley, just south of West Hwy 290.

The prospect of using the Toney Burger Activity Center as a vaccination site was first presented by the APH at a March 5 press conference.

“Right now, the operations we have in place are sufficient for the vaccine allocation we received and have more capacity than we actually need to provide, vaccine-wise,” Cassandra said. DeLeon, deputy director of APH’s Disease Prevention Health Promotion Division, on March 5. “However, we are currently organizing and preparing to set up Burger Center. This is something that we are planning in the next few weeks, to develop this as a new site.

She said the APH is also considering the Travis County Expo Center as a potential new site.

“Last fall, we actually practiced vaccine distribution at the Travis County Expo Center in anticipation of using that location as a COVID-19 vaccination site,” she said. “It’s an ever-evolving process; we continue to look for locations to better meet community needs and to ensure we have sufficient capacity to deliver vaccines as quickly as we receive them.

Additional information and vaccination appointment registrations are available online at Austin Public Health website.

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