COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Declining in Lubbock
The data is becoming clear: there's a slowdown in the number of people seeking the COVID-19 vaccine in Lubbock.
According to numbers released by the City of Lubbock, over 113,300 people have received at least one of the vaccines. That's good, but still not enough for herd immunity in Lubbock.
According to KAMC, the slow-down in the number of vaccines given began last week and could be impacted by the recent decision to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine over concerns it could cause blood clots. Of the 6.8 million people who received the company's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the time of the decision, six of them, all women between the ages of 18 and 48, experienced blood clotting. One of the women died.
"Last week, we saw a big drop in the number of vaccines given. We only saw about 5,000 given in the City of Lubbock,” said City of Lubbock Director of Public Health Katherine Wells. "I know this was in part of the J&J vaccine being put on hold. However, we have enough Pfizer and Moderna on ourselves to get everyone who wants to get vaccinated."
Lubbock officials continue to warn residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope asked citizens not to procrastinate when it comes to getting a shot.
As vaccinations continue to increase, the number of citizens in Lubbock who are getting the virus continues to fall. On Wednesday, there were eight new cases of citizens with coronavirus, along with two new recoveries and no deaths. There were only 87 total active cases in Lubbock that day.
Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, president of Texas Tech University, was on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin on Wednesday and told the KFYO audience that no Texas Tech students currently have the virus.