Another 102 Louisiana pharmacies will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week, making it available in 209 drug stores and in all 64 parishes, the Louisiana Department of Health announced Monday morning.
Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson received one of the first shipments of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine in Louisiana on Monday. And on Tuesday, LCMC Health’s University Medical Center (UMC) in New Orleans received a shipment and began immunizing employees at highest risk for contracting the virus.
Louisiana reported 2,229 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 19. Daily case numbers have begun to match those from July and August, when the state was experiencing its second outbreak, sparking concern from the medical and public health communities.
As the country battles a third wave of COVID-19 cases, Louisiana has managed to keep its number of new infections relatively low. But with cases on the rise in neighboring Texas and Mississippi and in the northwestern corner of the state, Assistant Secretary of Public Health Dr. Joseph Kanter is worried that there could be another spike.