Jefferson Parish holds drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19...
Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine(WVUE FOX 8)
Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 6:34 AM CST
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WESTWEGO (WVUE) -A drive-thru vaccine distribution was held Tuesday at the Alario Center.

Those taking part were required to make an appointment ahead of time.

People began showing up for the first dose around 7 a.m.

About 500 people registered for the distribution. Jefferson Parish partnered with Passport Health, which manages the storage of the vaccines and administering the shot.

Vaccines are now available for those groups listed by the LDH under Phase 1B, tier one. That includes people age 65 and older, dialysis providers and patients, urgent care providers, and more.

Last week Governor Edwards cleared the way for emergency operations teams and COVID response teams statewide to receive the vaccine.

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng received her first dose Tuesday.

”Since the vaccines were approved and distributed, I’ve been even more careful because personally I don’t want to catch COVID while the vaccines are available. It’s been a rough time. It’s been a strange time in our community. We’ve seen a lot of holidays come in quick succession and the numbers bore that out. The death rates has really increased. In one week I knew four people that passed away and that was a tough week. That was probably two or three weeks ago. It’s been a really strange time where you know people who are grieving, but also the vaccines are being pushed out so there’s that hope and positivity,” said Sheng.

Those getting their first dose pledged they’d return and get their next dose of the Moderna vaccine in 28 days.

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