BATON ROUGE, La. (KSLA) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced in his final news briefing of 2020 that additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be heading to pharmacies in Louisiana starting Monday, Jan. 4.
The vaccines arriving at this time will only be available for people in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1. These groups include frontline workers, nursing home residents, emergency medical service personnel, other healthcare workers, and those 70-years-old or older.
Appointments must be made at designated pharmacies due to the limited supply of vaccines.
Around 100 doses will be sent to 100 pharmacies in 52 parishes during the first week. On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health will announce which pharmacies will receive the vaccine.
“I am relieved to end this year by expanding access to the COVID vaccine to more Louisianans, though I know we have a long road ahead of us before we put this pandemic in our rear view mirrors,” Gov. Edwards said. “I hope all Louisianans will consider taking this safe and effective vaccine when it is their turn to get it, because that is how we will ultimately reach herd immunity and get our lives back to some form of normalcy. Already we have lost more than 7,400 people in our state to this terrible virus, and new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. This vaccine is a new weapon we have in the fight against COVID, but to be effective people must take it. In addition, we have outlined how we will proceed with the next tier of people in line, so that people may plan for the future.”
Over 45,000 Louisianans have received the vaccine so far and 200,000 additional doses have been allocated for the state.
It has not been announced when the next group, Phase 1B, Tier 2, will start receiving the vaccine.