Even with icy roads and temperatures in the teens, Lubbock’s Health Department managed to give over 1,700 COVID-19 vaccine shots on Tuesday.
That’s about 575 doses fewer than last Tuesday when weather conditions were dry and temperatures were in the 40s.
Some people have canceled appointments, but Mayor Dan Pope said the week's frigid weather has not really affected Lubbock's vaccination hub.
“We plan on being open to continue to put that life-saving vaccine in the arms of our citizens,” Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.
The major winter storm and power outages in Texas have slowed the state's progress on COVID vaccinations. About 23,000 fewer doses of the vaccine were administered across the state Tuesday compared to the previous Tuesday, according to data from Texas Health and Human Services.
Katherine Wells, director of Lubbock's Health Department, said the weather caused a slight delay in receiving doses this week. That could happen next week, too.
Pope added that as a community that hasn't been as impacted by the winter storm as some, area leaders are advocating to get additional vaccine doses next week.
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