By T. Scott Boatright
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) head Joseph Kanter said Tuesday that 12,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine obtained by the state has gone to waste because of lack of demand to receive the injections.
Kanter said that number was out of 3.85 million COVID vaccine doses the state has received.
That announcement came during a press conference held by Gov. John Bel Edwards to announce most of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions were being lifted.
Edwards said during that press conference that that Louisiana is ahead of only Alabama and Mississippi as far as vaccination rate levels.
As of Thursday afternoon the LDH was reporting 1,445,499 million residents being fully vaccinated (30.9% of total population) with 2,969,459 total doses administered so far.
The LDH reported that 26.42% of Lincoln Parish residents had been fully vaccinated so far with 13,806 doses initiated and 12,512 doses completed as of 3:20 p.m. Thursday.