Other data released by the health department shows that 61% of those vaccinated in Louisiana are women, while 39% are men. More than half of the vaccine doses given went to people aged 70 and over.
Louisiana, like other states, continues to focus more on the vaccine than the available vaccines. Some hospitals and clinics said they had to cancel immunization appointments because they did not have enough doses of the vaccine to distribute.
Edwards said the state is trying to divide its weekly doses from the federal government to ensure residents of each parish have equitable access to immunizations. This means that hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies don’t necessarily receive the same amount of the state’s vaccine every week.
But the more general problem is that Louisiana has more aggregate demand than the federal government’s supply. The state has received around 58,000 doses per week in recent weeks – and Kanter said federal officials have told Louisiana to expect similar allowances for the next four to five weeks, without a significant increase.
Edwards said Louisiana is planning mass vaccination events, but cannot do so until the number of vaccine doses going to the state increases every week.
“In order to deliver (mass events) vaccines, we would literally have to stockpile vaccines over a period of time,” the governor said. “We would retain it in order to set it up to organize a mass vaccination event. It defeats the purpose.
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