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Louisiana pharmacies overwhelmed as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands

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The state started distributing the vaccines to commercial pharmacies for the first time this week — a process several pharmacists described on Monday as chaotic and overwhelming. 

In all, only a fraction of the state’s pharmacies will receive any vaccine supply this week at all. 

  • Vaccines need to be used within six hours of opening a vial
  • There are 485,000 people over 70 and 10,500 doses available this week
  • 107 pharmacies now carry the vaccine out thousands in the state