United Family out of appointment slots for first round of COVID-19 vaccinations

Updated: Dec. 29, 2020 at 9:55 PM CST
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UPDATE: United has filled all available appointment slots for this first round of COVID-19 vaccinations and are now waiting for their next distribution from the state. “We urge our guests to sign up for email notifications of vaccine availability.”

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock is already playing the waiting game after it ran out of its first round of COVID vaccines on Tuesday, and even had to borrow stock from local hospitals.

The good news though is there is still a major distributor in Lubbock with vaccines on their shelves, following the announcement of phase 1B of the tiered distribution approach Tuesday, December 29, by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“I think our teams are very excited to play a role in helping our communities’ kind of get back to some normalcy,” said Tim Purser, Director of Pharmacy for The United Family.

Beginning Wednesday, December 30th, the pharmacy team will be able to begin receiving appointments in order to vaccinate this expanded group.

In addition to phase 1A, which includes frontline workers and first responders, phase 1B means anyone over the age of 65 can now receive a vaccine. Or, for those who are 16 and up with an underlying health condition can receive the Pfizer vaccine, while those 18 and up with an underlying health condition can receive the Moderna vaccine.

Currently, The United Family is offering the Moderna vaccine.

“Call one of our locations that does have an allocation. Really just to speak to the pharmacist and schedule a time to come in for that vaccine,” added Purcer.

Purser says while this has been a trying time for everyone, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel, “When I talk to pharmacy teams that although challenged and on the front-lines, to help administer these vaccines, there’s a lot of energy and excitement about being part of a community and helping stand our communities back up.”

The locations are:

United Supermarket at 401 Slide Road - 806-796-1895

United Supermarket at 1701 50th Street - 806-747-3503

United Supermarket at 12815 Indiana Avenue - 806-776-8915

Market Street at 4425 19th Street - 806-788-2015

United Supermarket at 1401 Tahoka Road / Rt 1 in Brownfield - 806-637-7597

The United Family provided this statement on Wednesday:

United Supermarkets and Market Street Pharmacies in Texas have filled all of the slots available for our first-round allocations of vaccine from the state. We are proud of our teams for responding with urgency to immunize Phase 1a and Phase 1b eligible recipients and be part of the solution for COVID-19 in our communities.

Because we have no control over when or where the vaccine will be allocated by the state, we are not able to keep waiting lists for the vaccine. We urge our guests to sign up for email notifications of vaccine availability, and check our banner websites frequently for updated information.

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