COVID-19

Louisiana teachers and school staff feel gratitude and relief after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - March 1, 2021

Lauren Jewett, a New Orleans K-8 special education teacher, said it’s been an anxiety-ridden year for her and her fellow teachers. Throughout the school year, Jewett had to alternate between teaching virtually and in-person, and when students and staff were in the school building, she worried about her and her colleague’s safety. “I was anxious […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Catholics told to pass on J&J COVID-19 vaccine if they have a choice

BY: - February 28, 2021

The day after the Federal Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, the Archdiocese of New Orleans issued a statement urging Catholics to choose, if they can, the other two available vaccines. According to a statement released Sunday morning, the archdiocese instructs Catholics “that the latest vaccine from […]

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

BY: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to the president’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in mid-March. The package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, passed 219-212. It includes a gradual increase […]

One-dose vaccine poised for FDA green light after advisory panel OK

BY: - February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday gave its green light to a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, signaling that states will soon see a third vaccine option in their weekly shipments — and the first that only requires one shot. Emergency-use authorization from the FDA is expected to swiftly follow […]

Louisiana could receive Johnson & Johnson vaccines ‘as soon as next week,’ Edwards says

BY: - February 25, 2021

Louisiana could receive COVID-19 vaccine doses made by Johnson & Johnson “as soon as next week,” Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a press conference Thursday afternoon, an addition that could add up to 38,000 doses to next week’s vaccine distribution total. “This is very, very exciting for us for a number of reasons,” Joe […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

BY: - February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON —States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine would differ from the two current shots by Pfizer and Moderna in several critical ways. By […]

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Louisiana gave Ochsner Health 20 percent of all COVID-19 vaccine doses, data shows

BY: - February 24, 2021

Ochsner Health was the single largest recipient of COVID-19 vaccine from Louisiana during the first nine weeks of distribution, with its facilities getting about 20 percent of all doses given out by the state, according to an analysis done by Louisiana Illuminator of data publicly released by the Louisiana Department of Health.  Ochsner facilities — […]

Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers told Congress Tuesday that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks. Pfizer will increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses by mid-March, an increase from the 4 to 5 million doses shipped weekly in early February, […]

Calcasieu Parish School Board partnering with local vaccine providers for teachers and school staff

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is partnering with local pharmacies and hospitals to get its local teachers, school staff and daycare staff vaccinated, the school board announced Monday. According to a press release from the school board, “the district is currently partnered with the following providers to administer the vaccine: Boudreaux’s New Drug Store Prime […]

Feds ship out COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storms

BY: - February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — White House officials said Monday that thawing temperatures and a weekend of around-the-clock work has begun to clear a backlog of 6 million COVID-19 vaccines that were delayed due to last week’s devastating winter storms. On Monday, 7 million doses were set for delivery across the country, a figure that includes both delayed […]

Vaccinations slow after storms delay shipments of 6 million COVID-19 doses

BY: - February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The extreme cold weather across much of the country has delayed 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, slowing a vaccination rate that has been steadily rising since the Biden administration took office last month. The backlogged doses account for roughly three days’ of delayed shipments affecting all 50 states, due to road closures, snowed-in […]

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Louisiana’s bad weather delays vaccine shipments, appointments

BY: - February 17, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health says bad weather across the state delayed vaccine shipments to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other health care providers. The delays are expected to affect people’s ability to get both first and second doses of vaccines in the coming days. “This is similar to delays in other areas outside of Louisiana […]