Baton Rouge residents frustrated with coronavirus vaccine appointment issues

Baton Rouge residents frustrated with coronavirus vaccine appointment issues

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Wednesday, the state along with the Department of Health held a press conference where they announced a plan to roll out an additional amount of 8,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine to local pharmacies and clinics where they will be able to give more vaccinations.

“I think what we’re going to try and do is for any pharmacy that is enrolled as a provider, which is a process, that is ready, willing, and able to give out a vaccine, we’re going to try and accommodate them before we go back and resupply the ones that had it, “said Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Department of Health.

Now, the number of clinics that are being added to the list is unclear at the moment. And we should have that list by Monday. They also explained that the reason behind the small amount of vaccines in the first round was to make sure the first round was given without complications.

“It was tough to predict how quickly they were going to be used and I think a lot of providers, rightly so, wanted to take smaller allotments at first when they were still learning how to handle the vaccine,” said Dr. Kanter.

“So, my question is why is the organization of this so poor?” asked Marilyn Goff, a Baton Rouge resident.

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Marilyn Goff shares the frustration many of you have trying to repeatedly schedule your appointments with no luck.

“There’s a lot of confusion, there’s not a lot of good... public relations, or credible information that I’ve seen so far,” said Goff.

But the governor is urging people to remain patient and trust that there is a process.

“We have to administer the vaccine in ever increasing numbers across a broader portion of our population. But none of this is going to be easy and none of this is going to be overnight,” said Governor Edwards.

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