COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue; Fair Grounds makes adjustments to accommodate more people

COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue; Fair Grounds makes adjustments to accommodate more people
Thousands of people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport, La. (Source: KSLA)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The COVID-19 vaccination effort continues in the ArkLaTex, and some vaccination sites are making adjustments to accommodate more people now that eligibility is being further expanded.

Dr. John Vanchiere spoke to KSLA’s Tayler Davis about herd immunity and the changes being made at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds to accommodate more people.

“Herd immunity is that concept that if everybody is vaccinated or protected, most of everybody is, then the virus doesn’t have anybody to go to,” said Vanchiere, of LSU Health Shreveport. “And, yes, that is a part of the strategy. We think that we’ll be able to get close to that.”

Louisiana further expands access to COVID-19 vaccinations

Meantime, “what we’re watching very closely are the variants that are beginning to be detected and emerging and whether those are actually going to be covered by the vaccine.”

Debra Barlow said that she qualified to be vaccinated because of her health conditions.

“My husband is a few years younger than me; he’s 60. And he’s now able to get it. He just had a pseudo aneurism.”

Sarona Snyder now also fits the age bracket approved to get the vaccine. “I feel a lot more confident in, you know, going some places.”

On Monday, Feb. 22, in the first two hours of the Fair Grounds site being open, 500 people were vaccinated, and by noon Monday, that total climbed to 1,100.

Copyright 2021 KSLA. All rights reserved.