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Edwards worries about decline in COVID-19 vaccine interest

Moderna shots before being administered at a Covid-19 vaccination site in Chicago on Feb. 13. Photo courtesy of Kamil Krzaczynsky / Reuters/ NBC

Louisiana officials hailed the opening of a federal mass vaccination site in Baton Rouge fewer than two weeks ago.But Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the location isn’t seeing enough traffic from people seeking the thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses available.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 9:00 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials hailed the opening of a federal mass vaccination site in Baton Rouge fewer than two weeks ago. But Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the location isn’t seeing enough traffic from people seeking the thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses available.

The acknowledgment of problems at the Baton Rouge vaccination site was the latest sign that Louisiana residents’ interest in the vaccine is subsiding. Only one-quarter of the state is fully immunized from COVID-19.

Louisiana didn’t seek shipment of some vaccine doses available from the federal government over the past week because of the waning demand.

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