Daily COVID-19 vaccine clinic could open in Lubbock soon, Mayor says during city news conference

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 7:22 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - City officials said during a city news conference that they are planning a daily COVID-19 clinic, but the city doesn’t know when the state will allot more vaccines or how many doses will be available.

In addition, the vaccine could be available to the general public as early as late next month, but for now city officials said they will prioritize those in Phase 1A and 1B.

“We’re hoping by mid-February early March that the allotments coming to us consistently enough to open it up to the general public, which would include students,” said Texas Tech Chancellor Ted Mitchell.

There are few details available about a possible daily vaccination clinic, but Mayor Dan Pope said, during today’s city news conference, the city is awaiting details from the state.

“We want you to have these shots. We hope that by the end of this week we will be able to announce what could be a daily clinic, beginning early next week and continuing into the foreseeable future,” Pope said. “We will have prearranged schedule clinics for the eligible population. Our main goal is to make the vaccines available as quickly as possible. And in an efficient manner that we can provide them.”

It is also unclear how the state distributes vaccines, but Pope said they want to show the state Lubbock is organized.

“I think what we’ve got to do is prove that when we get the vaccine, we put it in people’s arms. And I believe if we can show that, we are likely to get at least our share,” Pope said.

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