Vaccine rollout a challenge for Louisiana due to limited supply


BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana is still facing several challenges when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is still a very dangerous point in time for Louisiana,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Kanter said all 64 parishes are in the CDC’s highest risk category. That risk could continue because of the new, easily transmitted strand of the virus.

Kanter added, “I’m not going to be surprised if we see our transmission rates go up even farther in the coming weeks because we can expect this variant to spread farther.”

Experts said the current vaccines can help fight it, but the state is still seeing challenges rolling out the vaccine.

“The limiting factor for us, as it is for every state, is simply the number of doses of vaccine being allocated to us on a weekly basis,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana is currently tenth in the nation when it comes to administering the vaccine. State leaders said the feds told them Louisiana will get 29,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and another 28,900 of the Moderna vaccine for next week.

This is what the weekly numbers are expected to look like for the next few weeks. As we all wait for more supply, the Governor is doubling down on getting you to mask up.

Edwards said, “I encourage people. No matter what you’ve done up until now. Put on the mask and let’s get through this together with the least loss of life possible.”

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