Denham Springs pharmacy creates waiting list amid vaccine shortage

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The phones are constantly ringing at Cypress Pharmacy in Denham Springs; each person is calling about the coronavirus vaccine. Unfortunately, with the lack of shots, most get put on a waiting list.

I probably have 300 people that were put on the list that I don’t have vaccines for,” Kyle Wells, a pharmacist at Cypress Pharmacy said.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, this week the state was given 58,150 doses. Next week it will be 67,350, but this is still a limited supply. Wells says the lack of vaccines leaves him in a bind.

“It’s kind of frustrating because it seems like there’s a lot of uncertainty of what is going on with the vaccine when you’re going to get it, how much you’re going to get,” wells said.

They aren’t alone. On Monday, Ochsner announced they were forced to cancel thousands of vaccine appointments due to the shortage. Anita Clark is trying to get ahead.

“I would like to get the vaccine as soon as possible,” Clark said.

She’s a school teacher and can’t get her vaccine until the next phase, but wants to get a headstart on the list that seems to grow by the minute.

It is frustrating that we are not moving up the list a little bit quicker.

Wells says he hopes the state gets more vaccines as soon as possible so more lives could potentially be saved.

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