Anxious About Getting Your Covid-19 Vaccine in Lubbock? We Find Answers
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.
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.
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.