SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Northwest Louisiana is in short supply of vaccines and there’s no time estimate on when that might change.
It could be another week before new vaccine shipments arrive to some places that don’t have them.
In fact, a mass vaccination center in the ArkLaTex ran out of doses on Thursday, Jan. 14.
This drive-thru set-up at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds was able to vaccinate 2,000 people a day, and by Thursday had successfully exhausted their supply.
Now they’re waiting for the next shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to arrive.
Despite that fact, a lot of people with appointments on Friday still showed up, only to see the vast Fairgrounds Field parking lot all but empty, save a smaller COVID-19 testing center - where dozens of people arrived only to receive the bad news.
“I’m 70 and I’m eligible for the vaccine. But it’s left me in the dark as far as to know what to do,” said Clint Burt, a 70-year-old Bossier City resident.
LSU Health leaders say they did send out about 10,000 emails and texts to alert people of the situation.
Experts caution that a slowing of vaccinations could delay the region from attaining herd immunity.
Dr. G. E. Ghali, the chancellor of LSU Health - Shreveport, says herd immunity can be achieved when at least 75 to 80 percent of the public is not in danger of the virus. This can stop a lot of spread.
Dr. Ghali says they were estimating it could be late summer or early fall for that to happen.