Word came down earlier today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have advised suspension of the use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This news comes on the heels of reports that in at least six people, all women between the ages of 18 and 49, developed blood clots between 6 and 13 days after receiving the dose, with one fatality reported.

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As a result of this new guidance, the clinic at Texas Tech in Lubbock, which is hosted by United Supermarkets, has now switched to administering the two-shot Moderna vaccine after suspending use of the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is the same vaccine which has been safely administered at the Lubbock Civic Center for some time.

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In consideration of the reports of serious, yet extremely rare side effects after using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there may be some questions regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations, especially among those who already received the single-shot dose. Those questions can be answered by calling the United Supermarkets Pharmacy Call Center at 866-277-2843.

However, the looming issue remains: "Should I still get vaccinated?"

The City of Lubbock will continue to host the free vaccination clinic at the Civic Center, administering the two-shot Moderna inoculation. Reservations are recommended, and they can be made using Select-a-Seat.

The State of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott have repeatedly emphasized that vaccinations are always voluntary and never to be forced upon anyone, nor will there be any sort of "Vaccine ID" required within the state. Yet state government continues to stress that receiving a vaccination is vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

In Lubbock, there have been no reports of any serious issues with those who've received a COVID-19 vaccination, and residents remain encouraged to sign up for a time to receive their dose.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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