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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


However, if this is an immediate medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

If you have the time or resources to help others during this crisis, click here.


Ensuring fast and fair access to a vaccine is critical to ending the pandemic. As Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, I am working to ensure we improve the disastrous rollout of the vaccine.

Garantizar un acceso rápido y justo a una vacuna es fundamental para poner fin a la pandemia. Como Presidente del Subcomité de Salud Ways and Means, estoy trabajando para asegurar que mejoremos el desastroso despliegue de la vacuna.

​San Antonio: For more information, click here.

Austin and Travis County:

Bexar County: For more information, click here.

Comal County: For more information, click here.

Hays County:

Caldwell County: Pre-register the vaccine with Caldwell County:

Veterans can contact their local VA clinic for details.

  • Austin: Vaccine appointments for the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic are currently for those 75 years and older. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-423-2111 and select Option 2
  • San Antonio: South Texas Veterans Health Care System enrolled Veterans 65 years and older can schedule an appointment by calling 877-537-7348 (experiencing high call volumes if unable to get through visit Balcones Heights Clinic at 4522 Fredricksburg Road Suites A-10 and A-88 San Antonio, TX 78201). Enroll in STVHCS here: or call 877-222-8387.

CVS Pharmacy has begun distributing the vaccine in Central Texas. The vaccine is free and is available to all who are eligible. To schedule an appointment with CVS, visit:

The CDC has authorized eligible pharmacies to administer the vaccine in Texas. To determine whether your local pharmacy is a Federal Pharmacy Partner, visit:

The Texas Department of State Health Services has given the following eligibility requirements for Texas residents in the 1A and 1B groups:

Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities

Phase 1B: People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID‑19 illness, including but not limited to:

·         Cancer

·         Chronic kidney disease

·         COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

·         Down Syndrome

·         Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

·         Organ transplantation

·         Obesity

·         Pregnancy

·         Sickle cell disease

·         Type 2 diabetes

For medical ailments not listed above, please consult with your primary care physician to determine eligibility.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine guidelines are provided by DSHS here.

For a map of vaccine distribution venues click here.


Federal Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For current information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.


Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

For current information on coronavirus tax relief, please visit the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) website.

Also, additional guidance on the IRS filing extension.

Use IRS Non-Filers tool to get Economic Impact Payment; many low-income, homeless qualify.

Use la herramienta Non-Filers del IRS para obtener el estado de su pago de impacto económico; muchas personas de bajos ingresos y sin hogar fijo pueden calificar.


Travel Advisory Information

For current travel advisory information related to the coronavirus visit the CDC's website, or for more general information about international travel, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

For veterans seeking public health information related to the coronavirus, visit the Veterans Affairs' (VA) website.


U.S. Small Business Adminstration (SBA)

For current information about government assistance programs for small businesses affected by the coronavirus, visit the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) website.

Click here to apply for SBA Disaster assistance.


CARES Act Guidance

Guide to all three coronavirus relief packages in English.

Guía acerca de los paquetes de asistencia económica para el coronavirus en español.

Frequently asked questions about the CARES Act rebate can be found here on the IRS website.

We have heard from many about a number of problems with receiving the stimulus checks, also known as Economic Impact Payments, included in the CARES Act. With the new Congress and Administration, we are working to pass new relief. Some of the most common issues include:

  • Status of a stimulus check that has not yet been received
  • Inability to use the Get My Payment portal on the IRS website to find out more information about the status of a payment
  • How dependents are calculated and what additional information may be needed to get a payment for a qualifying child
  • Taxpayers who owed the last time they filed taxes who have not received their payment via direct deposit

The best way to get current information and answers to a number of frequently asked questions, is to visit the Economic Impact Payment Information Center on the IRS website by clicking here. Please continue to reach out to our office and share any issues you are having so we may be of assistance.

If you qualify for but have not yet received your stimulus payment, you may receive it in the form of a pre-paid debit card. For more information from the Treasury website click here and for FAQs from the IRS, click here (scroll down to Q45). 

Si usted califica para un pago de impacto económico pero aún no lo ha recibido, es posible que lo reciba en forma de una tarjeta de débito prepagada. Para más información en español, puede visitar aquí y aquí.

For the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), click here for the list of documents required to apply.

New York Times article explaining coronavirus relief for the self-employed.


If you are feeling anxiety around the coronavirus, you can call the federal government’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1 (800) 985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Texas Information

For current information from the State of Texas, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website.

Current information for parents and child care providers impacted by the coronavirus can be found on the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) website.

For information for students, families, educators, school leaders, school districts, and school boards, visit the Texas Education Agency website.

Texas Health and Human Services has a 24/7 COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at (833) 986-1919.


Local Information

San Antonio

For current information about the coronavirus and testing, visit the San Antonio Metro Health website.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call (210) 207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. – noon)

El Distrito de Salud Metropolitano de San Antonio ha creado una línea directa para que residentes puedan hacer preguntas sobre el coronavirus. La línea directa está disponible en inglés y también responde preguntas en español. Residentes pueden llamar al (210) 207-5779 (lunes a viernes 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., sabado a domingo 8 a.m. – hasta el mediodía)

The San Antonio Food Bank has expanded their response due to the coronavirus. Visit their website to find current information for getting help.


The City of San Antonio is accepting applications for emergency rent and mortgage assistance for individuals or families who live within the San Antonio city limits. San Antonio residents experiencing an emergency and hardship, please submit your request for assistance: An online request does not guarantee financial assistance will be provided. Please do not submit more than one request for assistance. They will respond to you via email so be sure to check your email accounts often.

NOTICE: The online application will ask you to upload digital copies of required documents. Click here for a list of documents required for assistance.

Request Assistance


La ciudad de san antonio está aceptando referencias para asistencia de renta y hipoteca para individuos y familias que viven dentro de los límites de la Ciudad de San Antonio. Residentes enfrentando una emergencia o dificultades, por favor de enviar su solicitud de asistencia. Su solicitud por internet no garantiza asistencia. No envíe más de una solicitud de asistencia. Le responderemos por correo electrónico. Asegúrese de revisar su cuenta de correo electrónico con frecuencia.

La aplicación en línea le pedirá que cargue copias digitales de los documentos requeridos. Haga clic aquí para obtener una lista de los documentos necesarios para recibir asistencia.

Solicitar assistencia



For current information about the coronavirus, including current testing sites visit the Austin Public Health website. The website includes information on testing as well as educational print materials in multiple languages. Additional community resources can be found on the City of Austin's website.

Para información sobre COVID-19 haga clic aquí.

The Central Texas Food Bank has expanded their response to the coronavirus. Visit their website to find current information for getting help.

For information about health care services during COVID-19, visit Integral Care's website, and for those who are experiencing a mental health crisis, contact their 24/7 helpline at (512) 472-4357.

The Austin Regional Clinic has a hotline that provides advice on self-care and treatment recommendations. The clinic gives the option of scheduling an appointment, if needed, to speak with a nurse for questions. 

The City of Austin created a one-stop site with resources to help individuals, businesses, and nonprofits affected by the pandemic. Visit ATX Recovers to see more.


Bexar County

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call (210) 207-5779. (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – noon)

Comal County

Comal County Office of Public Health has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline for anyone to ask questions at (830) 221-1120. (Monday-Friday 8 a.m – 5 p.m.)


Hays County

Hays County Local Health Department & City of San Marcos, established a COVID-19 call center hotline number to respond to non-emergency questions at (512) 393-5525. (Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) The after-hours hotline is (512) 665-7542.


Travis County

Travis County has a hotline for questions about COVID-19 that can’t be answered by what is online. Please feel free to call 3-1-1 if you are inside the Austin city limits or (512) 974-2000 if you are outside of the Austin city limits.

If you do not have insurance or a doctor, but you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can call the COVID-19 Hotline at (512) 978-8775 for guidance. This number is for all Travis County residents with COVID-19 symptoms who don’t have insurance or an established provider.


Lineas directas para COVID-19

Si tienes preguntas específicas sobre el coronavirus, puedes llamar a estos números dependiendo de tu condado:

  • Condado de Travis: si vives dentro de los límites de Austin, llama a 3-1-1. Si vives afuera de los límites de Austin, llama al (512) 974-2000
  • Condado de Hays: (512) 393-5525 (lunes-viernes 8a-5p)
  • Condado de Bexar: (210) 207-5779 (lunes-viernes 8a-5p, sabado a domingo 8 a.m. – hasta el mediodía)
  • Condado de Comal: (830) 221-1220 (lunes-viernes 8a-5p)


Health Coverage

If you have lost your job and your health coverage, you may already qualify to obtain ACA coverage. Schedule a free counseling session to discuss options with:

EnrollSA at or (210) 977-7997.


Foundation Communities at or (512) 381-4520.

Call Central Health's Eligibility Hotline at (512) 978-8130 for information on the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) or MAP-Basic for those with no health insurance and/or change in healthcare coverage status.

Click here to learn whether you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Haga clic aquí para saber si califica para medicaid o el programa de seguro de salud para niños (CHIP).


Resources for Seniors

For current information regarding the coronavirus for seniors and people at higher risk, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
For additional resources regarding coronavirus from leading seniors groups, visit their websites here:

AGE of Central Texas Resources has a library of at-home activities, videos, virtual tours and webcams for seniors who are staying at home. Additionally, they have resources to help family caregivers during this trying time.


Additional Resources

  • The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900 and a coronavirus Tip Sheet linked here.
  • Domestic Violence, which has been on the upswing since the advent of Shelter in Place, is forcing many victims to remain with their abusers at home. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is available 24/7 at 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233).
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Central Texas (@NAMICentralTX) has programs and resources for those seeking support for mental health, including a free mental health education series. Learn more here.
  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers assistance with job searches, unemployment insurance, and business assistance. Residents in Hays and Caldwell Counties can find similar assistance with Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area


My Guest Editorials

You can read my guest editorials on this public health crisis, by clicking on the text below:

August 20, 2020 Austin American-Statesman: Doggett: Safeguarding the post box and the ballot box

April 23, 2020 USA Today: The corrupt tax provision in the CARES Act

April 2, 2020 San Antonio Express News: Trump fails the COVID-19 response test

April 1, 2020 Austin American-Statesman: This tragedy was largely preventable or could have at least been greatly reduced

March 2, 2020 Austin American-Statesman: Our focus must be on public health, not Trump’s political health

February 29, 2020 San Antonio Express-News: Supporting San Antonio on the front lines of coronavirus


Oversight Actions

March 15, 2021 letter to CMS regarding Texas bonus payments to nursing homes during COVID-19

January 29, 2020 letter urging the Administration to allocate vaccine doses directly to large cities and counties

December 28, 2020 letter to Zoom on assuring equal access to consumers with disabilities

November 6, 2020 letter to HHS regarding COVID-19 hospital data

October 30, 2020 letter to CMS regarding reinstatement of nursing home staff training

September 4, 2020 letter to HHS concerning political pressure on vaccine development and approval timeline

August 27, 2020 letter to the CDC regarding testing guidance

August 20, 2020 letter concerning taxpayer investments in Moderna vaccine

August 19, 2020 letter demanding the Postal Service Board of Governors remove Postmaster General DeJoy for all the damage he has done to the Postal Service

August 12, 2020 letter to Postmaster General DeJoy to Reverse Assault on Postal Service

August 6, 2020 letter to Vice President Pence regarding the Administration's COVID-19 vaccine plan

July 7, 2020 letter to CMS regarding COVID-19 nursing home data

July 2, 2020 letter to CMS on increasing safety in long-term care facilities using available civil monetary penalty reinvestment funds

June 16, 2020 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay nuclear waste transport contract until COVID-19 risks are resolved

May 29, 2020 letter to HHS on mishandling of Provider Relief Fund

May 27, 2020 follow-up letter to USDA regarding ongoing concerns with inhumane animal depopulation methods

May 20, 2020 letter to the Federal Reserve demanding accountability in corporate bailouts

May 13, 2020 letter to HHS regarding remdesivir clinical trial data and distribution plan

May 4, 2020 letter to USDA requesting the prohibition of certain inhumane animal depopulation methods

May 4, 2020 letter to Gilead CEO regarding supply chain and pricing plan for remdesivir

April 30, 2020 letter to Secretary Azar regarding taxpayer R&D investments in remdesivir

April 29, 2020 letter to FDA regarding accuracy of antibody tests.

April 28, 2020 letter to Governor Abbott urging the Texas Workforce Commission to remove unemployment verification burden delaying unemployment benefits

April 23, 2020 letter to Department of Education regarding financial aid assistance for college students impacted by COVID-19

April 22, 2020 letter Urging Senate Republicans to Stop Blocking Dream and Promise Act, Protect Dreamers in Pandemic

April 21, 2020 letter to leadership regarding the protection of Medicaid during the crisis

April 9, 2020 letter to FDA regarding accuracy of COVID-19 tests

April 9, 2020 letter to Trump Administration on massive tax giveaways slipped into COVID relief bill

April 1, 2020 letter to Treasury and IRS urging that rebates to seniors be made automatic

March 21, 2020 letter to leadership urging temporary removal of 2-year Medicare waiting period for individuals recieving SSDI

March 20, 2020 letter to Governor Greg Abbott regarding COVID-19 testing for the uninsured

March 17, 2020 letter to President Trump regarding marshalling Defense Department resources for Coronavirus fight​

March 13, 2020 letter to HHS Secretary Azar regarding establishing a Special Enrollment Period.

March 6, 2020 letter to HHS Secretary Azar regarding test kits

March 6, 2020 letter to FDA Commissioner Hahn regarding test kits

March 2, 2020 letter to Commerce Secretary Ross regarding needed medical supplies being exported​

March 2, 2020 letter to Chairman Frank Pallone calling for E&C oversight investigation

February 20, 2020 letter to President Trump regarding vaccine affordability

February 13, 2020 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar regarding Lackland AFB concerns


My District offices in San Antonio and Austin will be adopting a shelter in place policy. My staff and I are still working to serve you, remotely. Should you need assistance, you can contact my San Antonio office at (210) 704-1080, my Austin office at (512) 916-5923, or send me an email.

More on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

July 29, 2021 In The News
Hospital and doctors’ groups successfully lobbied to save Covid-19 relief money earmarked for their members, while pharmaceutical companies are expected to lose billions of dollars as part of a bipartisan infrastructure deal struck yesterday.
July 20, 2021 In The News
When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S. in March 2020, McKale Santin was working at a nursing home in Burlington, Vermont. She and her coworkers didn’t yet know how deadly the virus would become, but she remembers feeling nervous as the first patients got sick and she was asked to examine them with only a surgical mask, not the more protective N95 mask that she wore to test for conditions like tuberculosis.
June 28, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of President Trump’s trip with Governor Abbott to Hidalgo County this week, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) led all Democratic members of the Texas delegation in an effort urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to protect the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds available for Texas under the American Rescue Plan—and ensure that Governor Abbott cannot nefariously divert recovery funds into his sideshow of building portions of Trump’s ill-fated wall. Governor Abbott has directed that $250 million be taken from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a “down payment” for the wall and as of last Wednesday, he reported having raised only $459,000 in private donations for the wall.
June 28, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON — Texas Democrats in Congress are irate that Gov. Greg Abbott can divert federal funds intended for COVID-19 relief to build a border wall. On Monday, they asked Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to step in and block the state from using any of its $15.8 billion windfall for this “costly monstrosity.”
June 16, 2021 In The News
A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers is backing an update to the nation’s system for compensating people injured by vaccines, with an eye on making it easier for those experiencing rare but serious side effects from Covid-19 shots to eventually seek payment for their claims.
June 10, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), former Chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ranking Member of the House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee, announced the introduction of important legislation to provide much-needed updates and improvements to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Established in 1986, the VICP provides a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system through which consumers can be compensated for very rare vaccine-related injuries. The VICP provides necessary protections and certainty for patients, vaccine administrators, and vaccine manufacturers alike, but has not been significantly updated since first established.
May 20, 2021 In The News
The City of San Marcos was recently allocated $18.1 million through the American Rescue Plan.
May 16, 2021 In The News
Texas State University will receive nearly $92 million in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett recently announced.
May 12, 2021 In The News
Central Texas higher education institutions and students are set to receive more than $250 million from the latest federal pandemic relief package.
May 10, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON — Texas is set to receive $15.8 billion in new coronavirus relief aid, with billions more headed to its cities and counties as the Biden administration on Monday rolled out the latest round of stimulus funding meant to help them bounce back from the pandemic’s economic punch, which led local governments in the U.S. to cut over a million jobs.