Louisiana set to score extra weekly COVID vaccine doses at 57 Walmart pharmacies

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
Hand holding a vaccine vial and a syringe with scientists, a microscope, and a test tube rack in the background

Louisiana will begin securing about 14,000 additional weekly COVID vaccine doses at 57 Walmart pharmacies beginning Feb. 11 as the state joins the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

The 14,000 weekly doses will be in addition to Louisiana's regular weekly allotment that is distributed to more than 400 providers throughout the state.

About 10% of Louisiana's 4.6 million residents have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Both of those vaccines require two doses.

Louisiana's regular allotment will also increase by about 5% beginning next week, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

"The good news is that it's increasing, though slower than we'd like," he said. "But we are making progress. We obviously have long way to go and lot more work to do. But it is exciting to see the development of vaccination program."

Edwards announced Thursday he will expand the pool of those eligible for a vaccine by about 275,000 beginning Monday with the bulk of the newly eligible coming from those ages 65-69.

That will increase the state's eligibility pool to about 1.2 million, though Edwards acknowledged there aren't yet enough doses to meet demand.

Edwards and Louisiana Department of Health Dr. Joe Kanter said the state will "seed" the Retail Pharmacy Program with about 5,700 doses from the state's long-term care bank beginning Monday so the Walmart pharmacies "can get started and test their system," the governor said.

"We didn't want there to be a gap in services," Kanter said.

Edwards said diverting the 5,700 doses from the long-term care bank won't impact the number of vaccinations that are scheduled at those facilities next week.

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Walmart pharmacies in Louisiana participating in COVID-19 vaccination program

Following are the Walmart pharmacies participating in the program that are listed on the Louisiana Department of Health website Friday afternoon with an addition scheduled Monday (https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine-locations/):  

Acadia: 729 Odd Fellows Road, Crowley, 337-783-2150;

Allen: 1900 U.S. 165 S., Oakdale, 318-335-3131;

Ascension: 17585 Airline, Prairieville, 225-677-7390;

Avoyelles: 7162 LA 1, Mansura, 318-253-4073;

Beauregard: 1125 N. Pine St., Deridder, 337-462-5794;

Bossier: 2536 Airline Dr., Bossier City, 318-747-7513; 4000 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, 318-606-6305;

Caddo: 929 S. Pine, Vivian, 318-375-4510; 6235 Westport Ave., Shreveport, 318-688-7705; 4701 Northport Blvd., Shreveport, 318-929-3071;

Calcasieu: 2500 N. Martin Luther King, Lake Charles, 337-430-0249; 3451 Nelson Road, Lake Charles, 337-477-9831;

Concordia: 4283 Carter St., Vidalia, 318-336-8801; 

Evangeline: 891 E. LaSalle St., Ville Platte, 337-363-4934;

Franklin: 3360 Front St., Winnsboro, 318-435-9011;

Iberia: 1205 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia, 337-364-3841; 1201 Parkview Dr., New Iberia; 337-551-6570;

Jackson: 184 Old Winnfield Road, Jonesboro, 318-259-6694;

Jefferson: 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 504-341-1363; 1501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 504-366-3318;

Jefferson Davis: 303 Interstate Dr., Jennings, 337-824-9010;

LaSalle: 3670 W. Oak St., Jena, 318-992-1357;

Lafayette: 3142 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, 337-989-4095; 3810 Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Carencro, 337-520-3000;

Lafourche: 410 N. Central Blvd., Thibodaux, 985-446-3637;

Livingston: 28270 Walker Road S., Walker, 225-667-6398; 34025 LA 16; Denham Springs, 225-271-2314;

Morehouse: 6091 Mer Rouge Road, Bastrop, 318-352-1903;

Natchitoches: 925 Keyser Ave., Natchitoches, 318-352-1903;

Orleans: 6000 Bullard Ave., New Orleans, 504-434-6269; 4301 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, 504-434-6078;

Ouachita: 2400 Cypress St., West Monroe, 318-267-3001;

Pointe Coupee: 460 Hospital Road, New Roads, 225-638-8616; 

Rapides: 3636 Monroe Hwy., Pineville, 318-640-8282; 812 Belleau Wood Blvd., Alexandria, 318-625-3769;

Sabine: 25800 Hwy. 171, Many, 318-256-6378;

St. Bernard: 8101 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, 504-278-2027; 2550 Archbishop Hannan, Meraux, 504-249-7756;

St. Charles: 13001 Hwy. 90, Boutte, 985-785-8586;

St. John the Baptist: 1616 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace, 985-652-8781;

St. Landry: 1629 E. Cresswell Lane, Opelousas, 337-942-9720;

St. Martin: 1932 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, 337-332-1100;

St. Mary: 200 Northwest Blvd., Franklin, 337-828-4493; 1002 Hwy. 70, Morgan City, 985-384-1447;

St. Tammany: 880 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-893-9918; 3009 E. Causeway, Mandeville, 985-626-1118;

Tangipahoa: 2799 W. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-5582; 1331 Hwy. 51, Ponchatoula, 985-467-8048;

Terrebonne: 1633 Martin Luther King, Houma, 985-851-3284; 933 Grand Caillou Road, Houma, 985-917-0121;

Vermilion: 3005 Charity St., Abbeville, 337-893-4077;

Washington: 401 Ontario Ave., Bogalusa, 985-732-6615;

Webster: 1379 Homer Road, Minden, 318-377-8211;

West Baton Rouge: 3255 LA 1 South, Port Allen, 225-749-7454;

West Carroll: 705 S. Constitution Ave., Oak Grove, 318-428-9641;

Winn: 5940 U.S. 167 N., Winnfield, 318-628-4690.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.