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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 […]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards keeps current COVID-19 restrictions in place

BY: - February 9, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday extended the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and public gatherings for at least another three weeks. These limitations have been in place since November, when Louisiana started to see its third surge in COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 rate of infection has been dropping in Louisiana since the second […]

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January was Louisiana’s second deadliest month for COVID-19

BY: - February 4, 2021

Louisiana just got through its second deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, 1,178 people died as a result of contracting COVID-19. The only deadlier month for the state was April, when over 1,705 people died of COVID-19, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Of those who died in January, most people died […]

Lake Charles area to get extra vaccine over the next couple of weeks

BY: - February 2, 2021

Louisiana is giving more vaccine to the Lake Charles region than it would normally be allocated to make up for the fact that it has received fewer vaccine doses per capita than most other parts of the state so far, the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed Tuesday.   The jump will be modest, less than four […]

Louisiana will start tracking the Latino COVID-19 vaccination rate

BY: - January 29, 2021

Louisiana is now asking COVID-19 vaccine providers to track whether vaccine recipients are Hispanic or Latino after the state wasn’t initially collecting that data on ethnicity at all. The state government did not ask providers to track whether vaccine recipients were Hispanic or Latino through the first six weeks of vaccine distribution. State health officials […]

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The New Orleans area has a higher COVID-19 vaccine rate, but it’s also received the most doses

BY: - January 28, 2021

Over 8 percent of people living in New Orleans and its immediate suburbs had received a COVID-19 vaccine shot as of Tuesday (Jan. 26) — a better rate than any other region in the state. But residents in that area have also had more vaccine available to them. Louisiana has sent more initial doses per […]

Do African Americans in Louisiana have equal access to the vaccine? We can’t say

BY: - January 22, 2021

Louisiana doesn’t know the race or ethnicity of more than half of the people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the state, making it difficult to determine whether minorities are underrepresented in vaccine distribution — as some have feared would happen. In total, 33 percent of people who received at least one shot […]

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‘Nobody is satisfied’ with Louisiana’s vaccine distribution so far, Edwards says

BY: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ covered three major topics during a Wednesday afternoon press conference: the schedule for a special election for the seats left open by Rep. Cedric Richmond and the late Luke Letlow, COVID-19’s alarming spread in Louisiana and his dissatisfaction with the state’s vaccine distribution thus far. Louisiana will hold a special election […]

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Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

Charlotte Bertrand, of St. Francisville Pharmacy, believes she will give out 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week.

Louisiana pharmacies overwhelmed as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands

BY: - January 5, 2021

Louisiana pharmacies selected to receive COVID-19 vaccinations that can be used to inoculate people 70 years old and above were inundated with phone calls after the state made their business names and locations public Monday morning (Jan. 4). “The phone just doesn’t stop ringing,” said pharmacist Constance Rabalais of Sentry Drug of Marksville. “I’ve never […]

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7 Things You Need To Know About Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

BY: - January 4, 2021

Louisiana is entering its fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the number of people who qualify for the first vaccine shot is tripling. An additional 640,000 people in Louisiana are now eligible to receive the first shot of the vaccines starting Monday (Jan. 4) — bringing the total number of people who are eligible […]

Mass COVID-19 vaccine distribution ‘could take some time’ as hospitalizations surge

BY: - December 11, 2020

The Pfizer vaccine may be coming to Louisiana as soon as this weekend, but mass distribution is still several months away, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Everybody needs to have that clear expectation from the outset,” Edwards said. “It’s really important that we start administering the vaccine, but it’s […]