In A Flash

Lake Charles area to get extra vaccine over the next couple of weeks

By: - February 2, 2021 10:03 pm

Louisiana is giving more vaccine to the Lake Charles region than it would normally be allocated to make up for the fact that it has received fewer vaccine doses per capita than most other parts of the state so far, the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed Tuesday.  

The jump will be modest, less than four percent, and only last for a couple of weeks. The vaccine rate in Lake Charles and the surrounding Southwest Louisiana region remains the lowest in the state, at 4.8 percent. It’s highest in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes, at 9.4 percent.

During the first seven weeks of the vaccination, the New Orleans area received far more vaccine than the Lake Charles area. The state gave Lake Charles providers enough vaccine to give initial shots to just one in 23 people. In the New Orleans area, it gave providers enough vaccine to give initial shots to one in nine people, according to data provided by the health agency. 

Louisiana is expecting a big boost in vaccine supply over the next month. The Biden administration has already increased doses to Louisiana 16 percent this week. Additionally, the federal government will start sending vaccine directly to pharmacies in Louisiana Feb. 11, further driving up the supply.

Louisiana is 15th among states Tuesday in the number of vaccine doses it has given out per capita, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.