Moderna vaccine arrives in Baton Rouge

Moderna vaccine arrives in Baton Rouge
Moderna vaccine (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The second COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the capital region.

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, the Fresenius Kidney Care in Baton Rouge received the first shipment of the new Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’ve been working with the state for the past two weeks in preparation for this. and we were notified over the weekend that we would be the Moderna vaccine this week”, said Terry Bellon the Director of Operations at the clinic.

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According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the state expects to receive over 79,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and roughly 29,000 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week. That’s a total of 100,000 doses of vaccine this week alone for the state.

“We’re excited to have it to offer it to our staff and our patients so that we can get them vaccinated and get them immunity and get them back to some sense of normalcy,” said Terry Bellon, Director of Operations at Fresenius Kidney Care. “They just arrived, the first shipment of the vaccine and we’re excited to be able to offer it to staff, to offer it to patients and it’s a great day for us in Baton Rouge.”

Like with the Pfizer vaccine, medical professionals want you to have faith that these vaccines are safe.

“I think that the vaccine is going to be very safe. it’s been run through by the FDA, they know that there is a 95% efficacy with the Moderna vaccine”, Bellon said.

But it’s going to require some patience from the general public before the vaccines are available for widespread distribution. Right now, those at the top of the list are those who work on the front lines and in long-term care facilities.

“The vaccination will become more widely available after priority 1a obviously, and then we will have different priorities established, because I’m not going to say never, but initially we’re m going to have enough vaccines to get to the general population”, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

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