People seeking coronavirus vaccine flood Baton Rouge-area pharmacy phones: ‘Good reason to be busy’

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The phones are busy at Baton Rouge-area pharmacies selected to be among the first in the state to administer the coronavirus vaccine to members of the public.

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement last week that Louisiana’s limited vaccination program would expand to 107 pharmacies statewide — 23 of them in the Baton Rouge area — the list of those in line to receive the vaccine at Bertrand’s Pharmacy in Gonzales quickly ballooned to more than 300 people.

“People have been walking in, the phone’s been off the hook, a lot of our regular customers and customers who may have been here at one time and don’t come any more are asking,” said Jeanne Bertrand, who owns the pharmacy with her husband. “But I’m ready to roll. When we go home tonight, I’ll be starting on my list and setting up appointments for the next couple of days.”

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