Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with where eligible Lubbockites can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Find a map of providers and availability in each Texas county here.
Updated 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15
Appointments for the City of Lubbock's Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the week of Jan. 17 have been filled. Information about other vaccination opportunities will be shared here as it becomes available.
The clinics will be:
- Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2-8 p.m.
Remember, several phamacies, clinics and doctors' offices also have vaccines.
The United Family stores received doses, but as of Jan. 11, are reportedly booked-up. For information on their availability, visit their website.
Vaccine candidates are encouraged to contact their doctor or pharmacy about current availability and scheduling.
According to the latest data from Texas Health and Human Services, 18,365 Lubbock County residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 4,480 people are fully vaccinated after a second dose.
Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has gotten off to a slow and frustrating start for some people in Texas. There's been confusion about who is eligible to get the vaccine, eligible folks have had difficulty finding providers, and the pace has been much slower than originally promised by state officials.
Here are some answers to questions we've heard a lot lately.
What’s the process for distributing the vaccine in Texas?
The state has created a plan that largely relies on private health care providers to do the legwork.
But it starts with the federal government. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decides how many doses of the vaccine each state gets. Then the state takes that allotment and divvies it up. The Texas Department of State Health Services tells providers – mostly hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices, at this point – how many doses they’ll get. The federal government then ships the vaccine directly to those providers. The providers distribute the vaccine according to priorities set by the state.
Who has priority at this point?
First, there's what’s called the phase 1A group: health care workers, first responders and residents at long-term care facilities and their caregivers. They’re the top priority since they’re most at risk, and we need health care workers to take care of sick people.
Last week, the state said providers could also start vaccinating the phase 1B group. These are people who are over 65 or who have certain underlying health conditions. That’s millions more people. A lot of those folks have had trouble getting access to the vaccine, mostly because we’re still not done with phase 1A. There’s also just not a lot of doses out there at this point. Supplies have been delayed and manufacturing is still ramping up.
There is definitely not enough vaccine right now to get everyone in phase 1A and 1B a shot; that will take weeks or months.
If you’re not in those first two priority groups, expect to wait until spring before you are eligible.
What about long-term care facilities?
Those facilities are being served by a dedicated program run by the federal government under a contract with some big chain pharmacies. That’s just starting to get going.
Lubbock facilities have started vaccinating residents.
How does someone go about actually getting a vaccine right now?
First, you have to qualify. That means you’re either in the 1A or 1B group. There are a few options in Lubbock.
The Lubbock Health Department expects to be able to open more clinics at the Civic Center next week. Once more vaccine supply is available, they hope to have the clinic open several days a week and plan to offer after-hours and possibly weekend appointments.
To sign up for an appointment through the city, visit mylubbock.info/covid19vaccine or call 806-775-2933.
Citizens can also call their doctor or pharmacy to check availability.
But right now, the problem is there really isn’t a lot of vaccine out there. So unless you’re a health care worker, you might have to wait a while.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
For City of Lubbock appointments, no additional documents or identification are required. Be prepared to fill out a one-page form.
What's the cost?
No matter where you get it, the vaccine is free.
KUT's Matt Largey contributed to this article.
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