More than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Twitter Monday.
“We still have work to do, but this milestone marks a big step in putting this pandemic behind us,” Gov. John Bel Edward wrote. “These vaccines are saving lives every day and bringing us closer to normalcy.”
The Louisiana Department of Health reported that 657,265 Louisianans have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 368,146 Louisianans have received both doses.
At the moment, 1.7 million of the state’s 4.6 million people — 37 percent — qualify for immediate vaccination. The list of vaccine-eligible Louisiana patients include:
- Persons 65 and older
- Dialysis providers and patients
- Law enforcement and other first responders
- Teachers and any other support staff working on site in K-12 or daycare
- All pregnant persons
- Individuals ages 55-64 with comorbid conditions
- Hospital workers
- Nursing home staff and residents
The health department also reported about 64 percent of the vaccine recipients were White while 23 percent of recipients were Black. About 60 percent of vaccine recipients were female and 40 percent were male.
Of the state’s vaccinated patients, 45 percent are 70 years old or older, 24 percent are between 60-69 years old, 19 percent are between 40 and 59 years old and between percent are 39 years old or younger.