LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - All appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are currently booked at the area pharmacies that are offering them.
Louisiana began offering the vaccine in limited quantities, and only at certain pharmacies, on Monday.
All eight pharmacies in Southwest Louisiana offering the vaccine say there are currently no more appointments available.
“At this time, the pharmacies are not accepting additional names for those wanting to receive the vaccine, as the waiting list outnumbers the amount of immunizations Brookshire Brothers has been allocated,” Brookshire Brothers said in a news release. “However, the Lufkin-based grocery and pharmacy chain is working to develop an online waiting list for Louisiana residents in phase 1b, which includes outpatient healthcare workers and residents over the age of 70. The online form should be available later this week.”
A message at all area Walgreens offering the vaccine said that all their appointments are currently booked.
The Louisiana Department of Health released the following statement:
Our major limiting factor is how much vaccine is made available to us. As we said last week we knew this would be a very limited initial allotment that we could make available for pharmacies. We are very encouraged by the high demand. While demand is clearly outpacing supply, this is just the start. We do anticipate vaccine will become increasingly available in the coming weeks and months, and as it does we will continue to bring additional vaccination sites online. For now, 10,700 newly eligible residents will have the opportunity to get vaccinated this week and that’s progress.
As we also have said many times before, the vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel but they will not rescue us from this dangerous third surge. There’s more COVID in the state right now than there ever has been. We all need to keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.
COVID VACCINE IN SWLA
SincereRX Hometown Pharmacy, Kinder: NO APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.
Brookshire Brothers, DeRidder: NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NAMES.
Albertson’s, Ryan Street: NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE.
Brookshire Brothers, DeQuincy: NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NAMES.
Brookshire Brothers, Sulphur: NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NAMES.
DeQuincy Memorial, DeQuincy
Walgreens, Gerstner Memorial: ALL APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY BOOKED.
Walgreens, Ryan Street: ALL APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY BOOKED.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH
· Walgreens, Jennings: ALL APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY BOOKED.
· Walgreens, Leesville: ALL APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY BOOKED.