Baton Rouge pharmacist takes on doubled workload amid Hurricane Ida recovery

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Dr. April Brown at Brown’s Pharmacy says Hurricane Ida left her with double the workload.

The pharmacy lost internet for almost six days, delaying prescription refills and COVID-19 shot appointments.

“You’re looking at 100, 100 and a half vaccinations being rescheduled right now,” Brown said.

Brown is deciding which shot gets rescheduled first.

“We have absolutely prioritized second doses. We are trying to meet those needs quite immediately, the booster doses we had to push some of those back and at the same time fill prescriptions,” she said.

 The Ochsner Health System also fears a possible surge in people who are not fully vaccinated. 

“We may see a little bump in COVID following the storm evacuation, maybe a lot of people staying in hotel rooms. We do have a concern about that,” said Ochsner Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Hart.

 COVID-19 testing, vaccination and monoclonal treatments return to Ochsner this week.

Due to Hurricane Ida Baton Rouge General rescheduled around 100 COVID-19 shots.

Dr. Brown says don’t worry if your second COVID-19 dose is delayed.

“With Pfizer, you have up until six weeks after that first dose to get your second dose, routinely we say 21 days but you do have up to six weeks, and then with Moderna, you have from day 28 to day 42 to get that second dose,” she said.

Brown suggests if your pharmacy is still closed, getting your second dose at another pharmacy is safe as long as you are getting the same dose.

“We are here for our patients, if we cant serve them it is a determent for us and the community,” Brown said.

Dr. Joseph Kanter. the states health officer, suggest anyone who missed their second dose to continue with their vaccine series.

“It is absolutely ok to get that second dose days or weeks later, you do not need to restart the whole series,” Kanter said.

Shipment issues from Ida are also delaying service at Brown’s Pharmacy.

“We get our wholesale delivery in the morning, as a result of Hurricane Ida we got our delivery in the afternoon. We have been in here as late as 8 and 9 o’clock,” Brown said.

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