‘Significant amount’ of Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine shipment delayed due to ice

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Anyone with an appointment should contact their health care provider

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting a ‘significant amount’ of coronavirus vaccine shipments have been delayed due to winter weather sweeping across the country.

Dr. Joseph Kanter, the state’s health officer, encouraged anyone with an appointment to contact their clinic, hospital or pharmacy to see if they need to reschedule.

The news comes as we learn more about the percentage of people who have been vaccinated in the state so far.

Jeff Asher, a local data analyst, told WDSU that about 55% of the Louisiana residents 70 and older have received their first dose. That number is around 18% for people between the age of 60 and 69.

“(The data) shows that there is a large demand for the vaccine, and it shows that the state has been effective in getting it to the people that they’re prioritizing,” Asher said.

Asher said the state is also seeing significant decreases in the amount of coronavirus in the state.

“I think we expected them to peak in January and come down, but our cases are down 70% in Louisiana and Orleans Parish,” Asher said.

But he cautioned that it is too early to tell if an increase in vaccinations is leading to a decrease in cases.

“We really don’t have enough data to be able to show that, but in Israel, where something like 90% of people who are over 60 have had at least one shot, you can see a clear deviation between those who are older and those who are younger, in terms of how cases are changing,” Asher said.

Right now, about 5% of Louisiana’s population is fully vaccinated.

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