Covenant nurse first to get coronavirus vaccine in Lubbock

Dec 15, 2020
Photo provided by Covanent Health

A nurse at Covenant Medical Center was the first person in Lubbock to receive the emergency-authorized coronavirus vaccine Tuesday.

Noe Melendez works in the cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital. He said he had no reservations about getting the Pfizer vaccine and hopes more vulnerable people will be able to get it soon. 

“I see people get really sick. I see the sickest of the sick,” he said. “If we can help curb that, that would be amazing for everybody.”

Melendez said the process was easy.

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Minister Coby Colley addresses the friends and family of Stephanie Smith at her funeral. In the church she grew up in, they’re saying their final goodbyes.

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Justin Rex for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

When Amy Jones burst through the doors of the intensive care unit, she found a line of health care workers in the hallway, she said. Jones was sobbing. Shaking. She let out a scream.

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From Marfa Public Radio:

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Petrie Dish: Dr. Peter Hotez on coronavirus vaccines

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From Texas Public Radio: 

The Food and Drug Administration is meeting publicly today to talk about the first of two COVID vaccines that might get approval before the end of the year. TPR Bioscience and Medicine Reporter Bonnie Petrie tells us more about the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines with the help of one of Texas’s top vaccine scientists.