LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from Covenant Health:
Covenant Children’s is partnering once again with the South Plains Mall to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our community members by hosting a vaccine clinic focused specifically on kids.
On October 29, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for kids ages 5 to 11. It was already previously authorized for emergency use for children 12 and older as well as adults.
Vaccines will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.
The Covenant Children’s clinic will be hosted at South Plains Mall on the south end near JCPenney, across from H&M.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free and highly encouraged by our Covenant Health physicians as the best way to prevent serious disease and the spread of the virus. Recent studies show COVID is the eight-highest cause of death in children.
“When it comes to kids, our goal with COVID-19 is prevention,” Covenant Children’s CEO Dr. Amy Thompson said. “Kids are resilient and usually handle these viruses well, but we have also seen some major complications in kids from the COVID-19 virus, including hospitalization, subsequent illnesses like MIS-C, and death. We can prevent
such severe occurrences from happening by getting as many kids and people vaccinated as possible.”
Before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, South Plains Mall will be hosting their Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. in the Grand Court next to Santa’s winter home. South Plains Mall and partners, including Premiere Cinema, will be providing snacks, crafts, games, and prizes. Tickets to see the Polar Express are now only $5 and available online at southplainsmall.com/holiday.
The City of Lubbock Health Department will also provide vaccines for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at their ‘mini-hub’ clinic at 2801 50th street. The health department will also provide vaccines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month.
About Covenant Health:
Covenant Children’s is the only independently licensed, freestanding, children’s hospital in West Texas and eastern New Mexico and is one of only eight members of the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas and is the only one in our region.
As a faith-based health care system, it is Covenant Health’s vision to create Health for a Better World. As the Best Hospital in the Panhandle Plains region as voted by U.S. News and World Report, Covenant Health has consistently provided exceptional health care to West Texas, and eastern New Mexico for more than 100 years. Our clinically integrated health network of eight hospitals, and more than 6,000 caregivers allows us to provide our patients with better access to care using more innovative technology and procedures, while focusing on new age approaches to health care like education and preventative medicine. To learn more about Covenant Health, please visit covenanthealth.org or our Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, pages.
(Press release from Covenant Health)