Louisiana has nearly doubled the number of pharmacies and other providers of vaccines to elderly patients across the state as employees race to catch up with demand from patients over 70.
After delivering shipments of 100 doses of vaccine each to 107 pharmacies last week, the Louisiana Department of Health said Monday it would send more doses to those pharmacies and another 102 this week. A total of 209 providers in all 64 parishes will receive doses, the agency said, most of them pharmacies. These include 87 pharmacy chains, 93 independent pharmacies, 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and 9 health centers.
In the last week, pharmacies have received only 1
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The health department has told patients not to arrive at places without an appointment that they expect to be vaccinated, advising them to call or make an appointment on the website instead.
The agency also said in a new statement that “participating providers must make the vaccine available to anyone who qualifies. If it does not, it will inform future distribution decisions.”
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While many hospital staff hesitated to get the vaccine immediately, the demand for elderly patients immediately flooded pharmacies, which last week put thousands of names on waiting lists.
At the same time, hospitals have begun to shift their focus – and their thousands of unused doses – to adult patients. The Ochsner Health System announced on Friday that it has scheduled 82,922 vaccines against COVID-19 over the next five weeks, including adult patients and healthcare professionals. These include their second doses. As of last week, Ochsner had used 30,324 of his 61,575 doses, but said he was stepping up immunizations.
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Ali Neal, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health, said that just because the 107 pharmacies that received doses last week were being supplied this week did not guarantee that they would continue to receive doses in the future.
“The biggest limiting factor is the amount of vaccine available to us,” she said.
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