Next wave of coronavirus vaccinations launches Jan. 4

Next wave of coronavirus vaccinations launches Jan. 4
Hundreds of thousands of people across Louisiana will soon have access to limited doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: None)

NORTHWEST LOUISIANA (KSLA) - Hundreds of thousands of people across Louisiana will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, Jan. 4 — but the next step in this historic vaccination campaign will take time.

Thousands of Louisianans to receive COVID-19 vaccine

According to the Louisiana Department of Heath, 640,000 people comprise ‘Phase 1B, Tier 1′ of the state’s coronavirus vaccination efforts. Here’s who can schedule a vaccination appointment beginning Monday:

  • Schools of Allied Health students, residents and staff
  • End-stage renal disease facility personnel and clients
  • Home agency patients and personnel
  • Ambulatory, outpatient, medical, dental, behavioral health clinic personnel
  • Persons 70 years and older

A very limited number of doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available at 100 pharmacies across Louisiana. Since demand is far higher than supply, state health officials are asking the public to be patient.

New group of Louisianans to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Those wanting to be vaccinated must schedule an appointment with a pharmacy carrying the vaccine. Residents who show up wanting a vaccine without prior notice will not be vaccinated.

A list of the pharmacies distributing the vaccine is set to be released later Monday, Jan 4. That information can be found here.

State data shows 45,289 doses of the vaccine have been administered, but the actual number is likely higher since information is updated at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To date, 7,537 Louisianans have lost their lives to COVID-19. 1,833 people are hospitalized currently, the second-highest number of patients hospitalized since the virus permeated throughout the state.

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