Mass Covid Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot


(Bloomberg) — A Covid-19 vaccine may be months from reaching millions of Americans. Getting all those shots into arms will be a monumental task. Shreveport, Louisiana, is getting ready now.

The city recently completed a test run, one of about a dozen across the state. Health officials there organized the community’s first-ever drive-thru flu shot clinic in the massive parking lot of the Louisiana state fairgrounds.

Drivers rolled down their windows and rolled up their sleeves as they pulled up to tents for the largest vaccination event the regional health department has ever hosted. Cheerful and fast-working nurses jabbed them with vaccines. Within about five minutes, people were on their way, exiting the parking lot while passing a row of food stands selling corn dogs, roasted nuts and lemonade.

In the near future, that’s just the way officials hope it will go for a Covid-19 vaccine. A poor state that’s seen its share of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, Louisiana is trying to get out front of the challenge. The state’s health department decided early on to run test clinics in each of its nine public-health regions, using this winter’s flu shot as practice to eventually distribute millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses.

“Unlike with testing, we have the luxury to have four to five months to plan,” said Frank Welch, a doctor who is Louisiana’s immunization director.

Still, the pressure is on. The worst pandemic to ravage the country in a century is raging out of control and hospitals are filling up across the country as winter approaches. Fortunately, formulas from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE as well as Moderna Inc. have displayed stunning efficacy in early test results, with initial shipments perhaps just weeks away.

But even in the best case scenario of a timely vaccine approval, state governments will struggle to get the rampaging virus under control. And they must do so amid a chaotic transfer of presidential power and a lack of clear policy guidance. Making matters more challenging is the lack of confidence many Americans have in the safety of a vaccine. Only about half of adults say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if one were available, according to a September survey from the Pew Research Center.

Louisiana has an ambitious plan to vaccinate its nearly 5 million residents. The first doses will be limited, most likely, to a few health-care workers. Louisiana has a high number of infections and deaths as a percent of its population. About 212,000 people have fallen ill with the novel coronavirus and more than 6,200 have died.

Shreveport leans Democratic, with surrounding Caddo Parish having voted for Joe Biden in the presidential election. Mayor Adrian Perkins calls it the most conservative Democratic parish in the entire state. Mask wearing and social distancing have been a hard sell. Now, like places everywhere in the U.S., the novel coronavirus has upended lives and routines.

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6 thoughts on “Mass Covid Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot

  1. This must be the “show vaccine” where they pump the good stuff in them that does nothing so that they can convince the people that it is safe, so that when they start doing it elsewhere, more stupid people will go for it and that’s when they will bring out the “real vaccine” to infect and kill everyone.

  2. when they finally get the shot that alters their DNA (now non human at a minimum no longer gods creation imo)
    thats when the silent dying starts ,, they wont report it , it definitely wont be because of the shot ( so they will say if that is even ever brought up )
    but in years to come , many are going to die … and it was all their choice to allow the forced “good thing”

    yeah if its so dam good, why do they have to make laws to threaten you to do it ?

    1. They cannot make laws. They are nothing more than an armed gang and we outnumber them thousands to one.
      They can write their f-king dictate down on a piece of paper and see who is ready to hire on to die trying to enforce it. As we are wiping those mercenaries out, we will be wiping out those who gave the unlawful order right along with them.
      Once we get this country back we go for the top of the pyramid and destroy international communism, internationally.

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