COVID vaccines are set to be deployed across the state within the next two weeks, with all Louisiana healthcare workers and nursing home residents expected to be vaccinated by mid-January. US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Admiral Brett Giroir warns there will be some controversy and debate about who the second wave of recipients will be in early 2021. He says they don’t have that answer just yet.
The people who would be in the hospitals are thought to be those already in the high-risk category for the disease like heart conditions. Governor John Bel Edwards says the vaccine won’t be available to the general public until May or June and until then we’re still living under a pandemic that is trending in the wrong direction.
As shipments for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrive in the US medical facilities like Ochsner are prepping to store the vaccine which requires ultra-cold storage at minus 80 degrees. Debbie Simonson System Vice President of Pharmacy at Ochsner says they’ve purchased three thermo-freezers.
A photo has gone viral that shows Governor John Bel Edwards not wearing a mask while at the Baton Rouge Country Club last month. The governor’s office says Edwards stood up without a mask on to speak to another person when the photo was captured. While the photo appears to show Governor Edwards getting up from his table, he says that the photo only tells part of the story.