High demand of COVID-19 vaccine causing some to look anywhere to get critical 2 doses

High demand of COVID-19 vaccine causing some to look anywhere to get critical 2 doses

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people in that first priority group to get a COVID-19 vaccine, there are now 210 locations across all 64 parishes in our state, where you could potentially get one.

People 70 and older across Louisiana are doing whatever they can to get on those waiting lists. But with the high demand, some people are looking anywhere they can get those critical 2 doses.

“I certainly appreciate the complexity of having to get a shot and then schedule another day and then making sure that you land on that day. and it would be a lot more convenient if you had more options”, said Dr. Chris Trevino with Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Some have even wondered if you can take a different manufacturer’s COVID-19 vaccine for your second shot if it means a shorter waiting period.

“And I would highly recommend against anyone thinking that’s a good way to try to get your vaccine”, said Dr. Trevino.

Studies were only focused on the individual vaccines themselves. And nowhere in those studies, did employers at Pfizer or Moderna share the elements or process with one each other.

“There is no data or study that says you can get one shot from one vaccine and then get the second shot from another vaccine and think at all... that that would work”, said Dr. Trevino.

But luckily there are already measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

“When you get your first vaccine, or even when you make your first appointment, automatically you get a second appointment to get your follow-up dose”, said Dr. Aldo Russo with Oschner Baton Rouge.

In fact, the Louisiana Department of Health weighed in on this as well.. saying “providers are required to notify vaccine recipients when it is time for them to receive their second dose and vaccine recipients will receive information cards.

The department also tracks immunizations through our existing links immunization system, which has follow-up dose tracking and notification capability”

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