LDH Promises But Where is Red River’s Vaccine

This week the Louisiana Department of Health said 209 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine. These 209 providers represent all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state. This is an increase of 102 providers that eligible residents can access since last week. A report in Becker’s Hospital Review said that Louisiana has improved its ranking among states for distributing the vaccine it has been provided.

Last week Dr. Martha Whyte told the Red River Parish Police Jury that vaccinations would be made available in the parish.  Whyte is the coordinator for Region 7 of the Louisiana Department of Health.  She said that a drive through vaccination clinic would operate at least half a day each week in Red River.  The date and place of that clinic had not been announced as of Wednesday morning. 

While the state was able to resupply the initial 107 pharmacies that received COVID vaccine doses last week, future distribution is dependent on vaccine made available to the state, among other factors. 

These vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier 1: 

  • Persons ages 70 years or older
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff
  • Community care clinic providers and staff
  • Behavioral health clinic providers and staff
  • Dialysis providers and clients 
  • Home health service providers, direct support workers and recipients
  • Dental providers and staff
  • Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools 

Participating providers must make available vaccine available to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will inform future decisions about distribution.    

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.  (NOTE: As of Wednesday morning, the Journal found that website only returns an error message.)

Eligible residents must contact a participating provider and make an appointment with them. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for patients; only providers can. 

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. 

We want everyone to have the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID. We are confident that COVID-19 vaccines will be a critical tool in ultimately ending the pandemic. 

Louisiana has improved its ranking among states for administering vaccine supplies provided to it.  Katie Adams and Maia Anderson writing in Becker’s Hospital Review reported North Dakota has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.

The CDC’s data tracker compiles data from healthcare facilities and public health authorities. It updates daily to report the total number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed to each state and the total number each state has administered.

As of 12:16 p.m. ET Jan. 11, a total of 25,480,725 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 8,987,322 have been administered, or 35.27 percent. That means about 2.74 percent of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. 

Louisiana ranked 27th, up from a 46 ranking on January 7th.

  1. Louisiana
    Doses distributed to state: 361,750
    Doses administered: 129,591
    Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 35.82%.