For the first time since June 23rd of 2020, all 22 Texas Trauma Service Areas are now reporting a COVID-19 hospitalization percentage under 15%, a major milestone on the road to recovery.

The City of Lubbock is reporting a COVID hospitalization percentage of 4.5% while the highest percentage of 14.5% belongs to El Paso. On Sunday, Feb. 28, the City of Lubbock only reported 12 new cases, 1 additional death, and 30 more recoveries.

Of the 48,160 cases confirmed in Lubbock, more than 47,101 have fully recovered, giving Lubbock a COVID-19 survival rate of 97.8%. As of this writing, only 351 cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock remain active.

More COVID vaccination clinics have been scheduled by the Lubbock Health Department this week at the Lubbock Civic Center:

  • Tuesday, March 2         10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 4        2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6        10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Health Department will begin accepting appointments at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 1, both online and by phone at 806-775-2933. Alternatively, CVS pharmacies are also accepting COVID vaccine appointments.

You likely know of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. But on Saturday, Feb. 27, a 3rd COVID-19 vaccination was approved by the FDA; a single-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson with a efficacy rate of 72%.

The Johnson vaccine may be slightly less effective than both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are 90% to 95% effective at preventing COVID-19, but the new vaccine can be stored for months at normal refrigeration temperatures, while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require extremely low temperatures and 2 doses to be fully effective.

Texas is expected to receive its first shipment of 200,000 doses of the Johnson vaccine within the next few weeks. Those doses will likely make their way to Lubbock, which can only help in making COVID-19 vaccinations more available to those who need them the most.

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