August 2, 2021


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Health department changing focus as demand for COVID-19 vaccine at Lubbock civic center slows

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Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is slowing in Lubbock, posing a challenge to health leaders tasked with helping nip the lingering pandemic in the bud.

It’s a race between vaccines and variants, and Lubbock is slowing down when it’s not even at the half-way mark.

Katherine Wells, Lubbock’s director of public health, says it’s disappointing, and a cause for concern. On Tuesday of this week, Wells looked around the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, where she has the capacity to vaccinate more than 3,000 individuals a day, and saw a room of half empty chairs.

“I just want to see it packed,” Wells said looking around the civic center on a slow afternoon. “It’s disappointing. There’s a lot of staffing efforts that go into this, and you want it to be successful. You want to give as much vaccine as you can, and I have it to give. It’s just kind of like nobody wants to come to your party. You set up the party and nobody comes.”

Wells is about to shut down the city’s vaccination clinics at the civic center, and the health department, along with the help of many others, will be taking a new approach to distribute vaccines. Rather than asking citizens to come get the vaccine, the health department will be going to citizens to give it.

There was a steady flow of people going into the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Thursday afternoon during the city's COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Wells is encouraging churches, business groups, apartment complexes, event coordinators and anyone setting up gatherings to call the health department at 775-2933 to set up a vaccine table. It’s a tough task, and scheduling is difficult to organize because Moderna and Pfizer require two doses, but Wells wants to be giving vaccines all around the city.

United Supermarkets is helping in this effort. On Friday, United announced it’ll be hosting COVID–19 vaccination clinics every Thursday in April for Texas Tech students and faculty. The clinics will be on campus at the United Supermarkets Arena. 

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