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Over 113,000 people in Lubbock have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. While that sounds impressive, the truth is, the number of people getting vaccinated is beginning to lessen.

This was expected in some sense because now every age group can get a shot which means younger people who are more healthy are eligible. But younger people may not be as into a rush to get the vaccine as older folks were.

Then there are those who just refuse to get vaccinated. According to POLITICO, the Biden administration is worried that some skeptics may just be unreachable.

“I don't mean to in any way say that I have a total amount of confidence that that 30 percent is going to get their minds changed,” National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said in an interview, “but I sure hope we have some way to, at least with some of those folks, to begin to make some progress, because, as you know, if we don't succeed in reaching this 70 to 85 percent herd immunity … then the consequence of that will be that this pandemic lingers on.”

It's hard to say percentage wise, just how many people in Lubbock, the South Plains, and throughout Texas refuse to to get the vaccine. Obviously, many have in Lubbock but for Lubbock to get to herd immunity it's going to take more citizens rolling up their sleeves to get the shot. Or it will take more people contracting the virus.

If you haven't gotten the COVID-19 vaccine yet, do you plan to? Let us know in today's poll question.


LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

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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