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Louisiana state workers will be subjected to mandatory testing, if not vaccinated

BY: - August 23, 2021

Louisiana state workers who are not vaccinated will soon be subjected to mandatory testing and “other requirements” now that the federal government gave full approval for the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Monday, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. Those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect “very soon,” Edwards’ office said.  […]

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Most Louisiana public universities will require COVID-19 vaccine after FDA approval

BY: - August 23, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for students at most Louisiana public universities for the spring semester after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning, though state law also makes it easy for students to apply for exceptions to any vaccine requirement. “We’ve been alerting students that this was coming for […]

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Republicans stall millions of dollars of funding for New Orleans construction projects

BY: - August 20, 2021

The Louisiana State Bond Commission voted 12-2 Thursday to withhold financing for over $30 million worth of construction projects in New Orleans that affect both public and private facilities. The board said it will take up the projects at its meeting in September instead.  The surprise vote fell along partisan lines, with Republicans deciding to […]

Louisiana nursing home workers have a low vaccination rate. Biden mandate should change that.

BY: , and - August 19, 2021

Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing billions of federal healthcare dollars in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The president’s new mandate is likely to have a big impact on Louisiana, which has persistently had one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Judge blocks Louisiana medical school vaccine requirement

BY: - August 18, 2021

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a north Louisiana medical college from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students or placing significant restrictions on those who refuse to get vaccinated. U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Monroe division of the Western District of Louisiana ruled in favor of Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis […]

Louisiana mask mandate remains in schools (for now) after state school board ends meeting early

BY: - August 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate will remain in place for K-12 schools  after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adjourned its meeting early Wednesday and declined to vote on its own school masking policy.  BESE voted 8-2 to end the meeting abruptly after most people in it saudience refused to […]

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With COVID-19 out of control, New Orleans forced to take drastic steps | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - August 18, 2021

These are desperate times that require drastic measures. New Orleans became the first city in the South Monday to require either proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to participate in certain indoor activities that have a higher rate of transmission. San Francisco and New York have issued similar vaccine mandates. “Unlike this […]

Louisiana lawmakers COVID-19 hearing punctuated with outbursts, doubt

BY: - August 16, 2021

The Louisiana lawmakers vaccine information meeting Monday got off to a rocky start when members of the audience refused to abide by the state’s indoor mask mandate. The meeting, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the state Capitol, began 20 minutes late while attendants tried to settle the audience and distribute masks to members […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

63 Louisiana House members ask state school board to sidestep K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 16, 2021

Sixty-three House members signed a letter asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to direct local K-12 school districts to adopt their own mask protocols — in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. All 63 House members who signed the letter are Republicans. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-French Settlement, and […]

New Louisiana college vaccination incentive campaign announced

BY: - August 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new vaccination campaign for college students Friday. The first 75,000 college students who get vaccinated at participating higher education institutions will receive a $100 Visa card.  The “Shot for $100” campaign comes in the wake of increasingly dire COVID-19 statistics across the state. Edwards stressed that Louisiana is in […]

Last round of vaccine lottery winners announced

BY: - August 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the final round of vaccine lottery winners Friday afternoon, marking the end of the Shot At A Million campaign. Janet Mann, a 63-year-old Bossier City resident, won the $1 million grand prize. Five teenagers also won $100,000 scholarships. The scholarship winners were Emily Guillet of Baton Rouge, Gavin Harrington of […]

As COVID-19 surges, Louisiana has only vaccinated a quarter of its incarcerated youth

BY: - August 13, 2021

With COVID-19 raging across the state and affecting an increasingly younger demographic, rates of incarcerated youth vaccination for the novel coronavirus remain worryingly low.  Beth Touchet-Morgan, executive management adviser with the Office of Juvenile Justice, said out of the 205 young people in facilities, 24 percent — 49 people — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 […]