Efforts are ramping up in Louisiana to get more people inoculated against COVID-19. This week 209 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The locations include 87 chain pharmacies, 93 independent pharmacies, 20 federally qualified health centers, and 9 healthcare sites, an increase of 102 providers that eligible residents can access since last week. LDH says there are locations in all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state.
Right now these vaccines will be available only for: Persons ages 70 years or older, Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff, Urgent care clinic providers and staff, Community care clinic providers and staff, Behavioral health clinic providers and staff, Dialysis providers and clients, Home health service providers, direct support workers and recipients, Dental providers and staff, and students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools.
Participating providers must make available vaccine available to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will inform future decisions about distribution. LDH says that as more vaccine becomes available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.