COVID vaccines free for all at Lubbock's Civic Center

Mar 25, 2021
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

All adults in Texas will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday. But for people in the Lubbock area, health officials are already giving residents that chance. 



Almost four months into its operation, the City of Lubbock Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination hub at the civic center isn’t as busy as it used to be. On Wednesday, the clinic gave 1,669 shots. That’s a 33 percent decrease compared to the first Wednesday of March.

Texas will open vaccine eligibility to all adults Monday

Mar 23, 2021
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

The State of Texas says it will allow all adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 29.

“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” said Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services at the Department of State Health Services. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”

Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

Despite spending hours trying to get a vaccine appointment, Wanda Davis still doesn’t know when she’ll be able to see her children again. The 81-year-old has been trying to get a vaccine so she can leave her Kingsland home, about 60 miles outside Austin, and safely visit her family. But it hasn’t been easy.

Jason Garza for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

Three Texas love stories ended in July.

Ricardo Ramos died on Independence Day.

Ramon Fuentes III passed five days later.

By the end of the month, Andres Arguelles was gone, too.

They were all 45. Loving husbands. Strangers who died with the coronavirus in neighboring South Texas cities.

A year in, pandemic picture unclear due to holes in data

Mar 18, 2021
Data from the City of Lubbock

When the coronavirus reached Lubbock in the middle of March last year, the city’s public health director Katherine Wells and her team started a spreadsheet. 


“A spreadsheet that was literally, like, a basic line listing,” she recalled. “Name, age, date of birth.”



Contact tracers added notes in one box. Had the person traveled? How long were they instructed to quarantine? 

“That spreadsheet just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” Wells said.