COVID Vaccines To Be Deployed Very Soon in Louisiana
The governor estimates that by mid-January, all frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents will have received the vaccine.
Folks, we're slowly but surely inching closer to our normal lives. Sure, we're not out of the woods yet, certainly not even close, but we are getting there and Louisiana is close to taking that next, pivotal step.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Pfizer vaccine is set to be reviewed on December 10th. You can expect that vaccine's approval to follow very quickly after review. Now, how much of that vaccine will Louisiana get? It may not seem like a lot, but it's certainly a start.
Louisiana will receive 1.46% of each wave of vaccines manufactured due to our population size.
Governor John Bel Edwards says within a week of the vaccine's approval, Louisiana will receive 40,000 doses. On the second week, we will receive another 40,000, according to Edwards.
Shortly after the Pfizer vaccine arrives, next, we will receive doses of Moderna. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Admiral Brett Giroir says it's vital for us to receive both the Pfizer and Moderna shots. He says, "Although there is significant protection with the first shot it is vital that everyone gets the second shot so you get the long-term protection.”
Unfortunately for anyone who is not a frontline healthcare worker, or a nursing home resident, it will still be several months before you could get your hands on a vaccine. Edwards believes the vaccine won’t be available to the general public until May or June.