LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - City officials held a news conference on Wednesday to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. The most recent clinic opened vaccinations up to any adult over 50, anyone in the 1B risk category, health care workers and teachers. They will soon be opening vaccinations to anyone who wants one according to state guidelines.
Public Health Director Katherine Wells and Dr. Ronald Cook both credited vaccinations for the greatly reduced number of COVID cases in Lubbock, but Dr. Wells was concerned that only about a thousand people showed up for the last round of vaccinations offered at the civic center, when the facility can handle around 2,800, our slowest vaccination day since January 1.
Dr. Wells says this vaccination effort at the Civic Center will be closing in April, and the effort will switch to distributing vaccines to doctor’s offices, community centers and health fair events. They even plan to hold events at apartment complexes and workplaces to help the rest of Lubbock get vaccinated.
Dr. Wells said the Civic Center effort has been very effective, but they’re seeing a decrease in demand and the state will be making more vaccine available to pharmacies and doctor’s offices going forward.
Dr. Wells says there will be a transition from these hub sites to making appointments at a doctor’s office or pharmacy to get the vaccine. Dr. Wells assured everyone that the Health Department has vaccine to give and they will have their vaccination center fully staffed this week and next week. Dr. Cook said all forms of the vaccine are safe and available in the Lubbock area, and “the best vaccine is the one in your arm.”
Mayor Pope said 50 percent of the eligible population in Lubbock has been vaccinated. That equates to 21 percent of people over 16. Mayor Pope strongly advocated for vaccinations, telling people, “Don’t procrastinate, please get your shot.”
Dr. Wells said she has staff members at the Health Department ready to take your call at (806) 775-2933 and set up an appointment to get the vaccine, and you can still make an appointment through Select A Seat.
Through the Lubbock Public Health Department, 51,471 individuals have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and 33,359 have received their second doses. Additional clinics will be held this week.
Vaccine appointments for Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday are available for anyone over the age of 18 at the City of Lubbock vaccination site at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Appointments can be made by going online to Select-A-Seat or by calling the Health Department at 775-2933. On-site registration will also be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis until an hour before the close of clinic.
Clinic times this week are:
- Wednesday, March 24 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 25 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 27 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.