BENTON, La. (KSLA) - As the fight against COVID-19 continues across Louisiana, state health leaders are expanding access to the vaccine for those eligible.
Across northwest Louisiana, 10 additional sites have been added across the region, including new locations in Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, and Webster parishes. Twenty-six different pharmacies across the region, both chain and independent locations, carry the vaccine.
Collectively, Louisiana now has 209 providers, spread out across every parish, administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s an increase of 102 pharmacies and health centers statewide since the week of Jan. 4.
Brookshire Grocery Company issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon regarding vaccinations at its pharmacies:
Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods pharmacies in Louisiana are working diligently to dispense the COVID-19 vaccine received to the state-designated group of individuals targeted at this time. We currently have hundreds of names already on our waiting list at each pharmacy. Therefore, we respectfully ask the public not to call or contact our pharmacies at this time about the vaccine so that we can continue our work in dispensing the vaccines we have now to the designated group. Following state guidelines, the current doses we have are for ambulatory/outpatient health workers and people age 70 and older only. Per guidance from Louisiana Department of State Health Services, the general public is NOT eligible for the vaccine at this time. All pharmacies have confirmed appointments for their vaccine allotment this week, and have waiting lists of hundreds of names at this time. We are asking the public to wait until more allocations are received from the state and we notify the public that more vaccine has been received in the coming weeks before contacting our pharmacies about the vaccine. We will keep our customers and communities updated as we move through the multi-phases rollout of the vaccine that will allow us to offer the it to more people in the near future as we enter each new phase. We are proud to help with keeping our communities safe by offering this vaccine and know it will help maximize efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Click here for a list of pharmacies carrying the vaccine.
Currently, anyone who falls under Phase 1B, Tier 1 is eligible to be vaccinated in Louisiana. This includes the following people:
- Persons 70 and older
- Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff
- Urgent care 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
- Students, residents, faculty, and staff of allied health schools
However, the public must schedule an appointment through one of the pharmacies administering the vaccine. Patients who arrive at a pharmacy expecting the vaccine without an appointment will not be vaccinated on the spot.
According to the latest state data, 21,652 people have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine in Louisiana, while 159,698 doses of the vaccine have been administered in total.