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Ochsner: Nearly 3,000 COVID vaccines are headed to Lafayette

Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 20:09:42-05

In a news conference held Friday via Zoom, Ochsner Health officials gave an update on COVID-19 vaccines.

They are expecting to receive 9,375 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by Monday and will be distributing those across the state.

Oschner's has set up three hubs in Louisiana where hospitals can pick up the vaccine. Lafayette will be receiving nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Lafayette 2,925
  • New Orleans 5,125
  • Shreveport 1,325

These doses will not be available to the general public, they will only be available to the front line workers. Once the vaccine is received by the hospital, front-line workers will be able to take the vaccine within the hour, they said.

Side affects from the vaccine are mild, according to hospital officials. They say over 30,000 participants have taken the vaccine during the trial and their side effects were arm pain from where the shot was taken, a low grade fever, and fatigue.

These side affects were short lived and gone within 24 hours, they say.

Louisiana is expected to receive approximately 39,000 does of the vaccine in the state's first allocation followed by another 40,000 or so in the week after.

More doses are expected to arrive over the next week.

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