Dr. Joseph Kanter, the state’s top infectious disease expert, says only 26 percent of nursing home staff have been vaccinated. Just under 70% percent of residents have taken a shot. Kanter predicts those numbers will improve. Meanwhile, the Louisiana Department of Health is taking about 16,000 vaccine doses intended for nursing homes and redirecting them to pharmacies, in a move that will temporarily cut wait lists for Louisianans 70 and older who have yet to get a vaccine appointment. This move was taken after it became apparent the state had more vaccine doses earmarked for nursing homes than it had nursing home staff or residents willing to get the shot.