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 8:45 a.m. March 1
Appointments are now available for the City of Lubbock's Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the week of March 1. Lubbock's Health Department received another 5,000 doses this week.
Book an appoitnment online here by calling 806-775-2933. Those who have already gotten the first shot should get the second within 28 days. To sign up to get your second shot, visit mylubbock.info/dose2.
The clinics will be:
- Tuesday, March 2 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 3 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Thursday, March 4 2-8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 6 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Remember, several phamacies, clinics and doctors' offices also have vaccines.
CVS Pharmacies in Lubbock are slated to receive a limited batch of vaccines through a federal partnership. There are no appointments currently available. Sign up online, through the CVS Pharmacies app or by calling (800) 746-7287. Walk-up appointments are not an option.
The United Family stores regularly receives a limited amount of doses. 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, 59,637 Lubbock County residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 32,056 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.
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. An exhaustive list of who falls under 1B is not available, but some qualifying conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)\
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
If you think you have a condition that would qualify you, double-check with your doctor.
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 soon. 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.
I got an appointment. What can I expect?
First - congratulations!
If it's through the health department, arrive no more than 15 minutes before your set time. You'll fill out a form and wait your turn. You'll get your shot. Then, you'll hang out for a few minutes to make sure there are no immediate physical reactions.
Most people have reported being through in 30 minutes to an hour.
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.
I live in another county. Where can I get the vaccine?
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state will move towards regional "vaccination hubs," one location where thousands of people will get their shots.
The Health Department's clinic at the Civic Center has been designated as one of these hubs. So, people from surrounding counties can get vaccinated there if they get an appointment.
Also check with your area pharmacies and physicians.
I've had COVID-19. Should I get the vaccine?
Lubbock's Health Authority Dr. Ron Cook recently said at a news conference that people should wait at least 90 days after having COVID-19 before getting vaccinated.
After having COVID-19, your body will have antibodies that will offer some immunity. One thing scientists and physicians are still researching is how long that immunity lasts.
Do I still have to wear a mask after getting vaccinated?
Yes, for now at least. After both your first and second dose, you still need to practice the same prevention measures you have for months. Avoid large crowds, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.
That'll be the recommendation until more people are vaccinated.
KUT's Matt Largey contributed to this article.
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