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Louisiana to receive 148K coronavirus vaccine doses for kids

An RN holds a vial with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years at...
An RN holds a vial with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York.(Mary Altaffer | AP)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 5:40 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s top public health official said the state expects to receive 148,000 initial doses of the pediatric coronavirus vaccine.

But, the doses are trickling into the state across three shipments and may not be immediately available through health care providers.

Dr. Joe Kanter with the state health department said he expects all of Louisiana’s vaccine providers will have gotten their doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children by early next week.

That will be enough shots to cover 35% of the state’s 420,000 children between ages 5 and 11.

More than 450 clinics, pharmacies and other health providers are signed up to distribute the shots.

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