COVID-19 vaccine to be offered for Louisiana residents age 70 and older next week at some pharmacies

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Governor John Bel Edwards announced this morning that 100 randomly selected Louisiana pharmacies will receive a limited supply of the two-dose Moderna vaccine starting Monday, Jan. 4, allowing for adults age 70 and older and outpatient health care workers, among others, to be administered the vaccine with an appointment next week. 

Residents 70 years old and older are included in the LDH Phase 1B, Tier 1 priority group. Ambulatory/outpatient/medical/dental behavioral health clinic personnel are also eligible in the priority group to be administered the vaccine beginning Jan. 4. 

Others in the group include schools of allied health students, residents and staff; end-stage renal disease facility personnel and clients; and home agency patients and personnel. 

Group 1A, which includes frontline health care personnel, residents and patients at nursing homes and long-term care facilities and emergency medical personnel, among others, began recieving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 14. 

Edwards said the state will receive approximately 28,275 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 27,400 of Moderna’s next week. He said 18,600 of the Moderna vaccine will go to long-term care facilities to continue vaccinating individuals in Priority 1A. 

Local pharmacies will receive 8,800 doses for Phase 1B, Tier 1 priority group. The list of pharmacies with the vaccine and their phone numbers will be posted on the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) website on Monday, Edwards said. Edwards emphasized that those eligible must make an appointment to be administered the vaccine. 

The announcement comes one day after LDH reported the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases with 6,754.