Civic Center Clinic

A sign directs Lubbock residents to the vaccine clinic at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Feb. 2, 2021. The city has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination clinics since it began late last year.

As of Monday, 20,534 Texans are overdue for their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, which is less than 1% of all people vaccinated, state data shows.

Most citizens are going back for their second shots, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The City of Lubbock's Public Health Director said citizens here are doing well.

"We had close to 3,000 individuals show up at the Civic Center last week for their second vaccine. People were very excited to be getting that second dose," Katherine Wells said.

It is critical to get that second dose, because the first dose only provides about 60% immunity, she said.

"That second dose is really what gets us up into that 90 to 95%, which is really our target," Wells said. "The recommendation is to really get it within two weeks of that due date. For the Moderna vaccine, that's after four weeks."

People are not required to be vaccinated in their county of residence, but Wells said it is preferred everyone get both shots at the same place. This is how the state allocates vaccines to the community.

"If I get 5,000 first doses, in four weeks I'm also going to be getting 5,000 second doses. So, if we have too many people going to different providers, it can cause issues with the counts. However, at the Civic Center clinic, we will take anybody who's due for their second dose," she said.

The city still has appointments open for people who need their second doses this week. More clinics will be scheduled at the end of the week.