COVID-19 vaccine

Louisiana has ‘tremendous unmet housing needs’ following Hurricane Ida, governor says

BY: - September 17, 2021

Louisiana still needs billions of dollars to house displaced residents after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Ida — the two worst hurricanes in the state’s recorded history – decimated South Louisiana nearly a calendar year apart, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday after a meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Southwest Louisiana […]

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 15, 2021

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said. “If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said […]

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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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

LSU’s tiger mascot fully vaccinated

BY: - August 9, 2021

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VII, has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the university announced Monday. The four-year-old tiger received his first shot July 16 and his second dose Friday. Both shots were administered by his veterinarian, David Baker.  According to the university, Mike VII hasn’t had any side effects from the vaccine, which was donated […]

COMMENTARY

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 doesn’t mean you lack faith | Christopher Sylvain

BY: - August 9, 2021

Your vaccine hesitant friends and associates are caught in a whirlpool of information and misinformation swirling around them. Thinking about the virus and thinking about the vaccines all day makes them feel bad. When things feel bad, people of faith are taught to run to faith — and God will solve every problem. The music, […]

John Bel Edwards says Jeff Landry is undermining Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Landry is undermining the state’s efforts to get the COVID-19 crisis under control by assisting anti-vaccine and anti-masking campaigns.  “Quite frankly, I don’t believe he’s consulting with any public health experts and what he’s doing has no basis in the law,” Edwards, a Democrat, said […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry advises his employees on how to circumvent school COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a departmentwide email blast to his employees Monday suggesting strategies for getting students out of the mask mandate that will be imposed in K-12 schools — as well as any school vaccine requirements that could be imposed in the future. Landry’s recommendations went out to people at the Louisiana Department […]

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Louisiana’s Steve Scalise is 7 months late promoting COVID-19 vaccines | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 30, 2021

Approximately 210 days after Congressional leaders became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer; roughly 200 days after 41-year-old Representative-elect Luke Letlow died of COVID-19; 124 days after every Louisianian 16 and up could be inoculated and four months after the 10,000th Louisianian died of COVID-19, Republican House Whip Steve Scalise had himself […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Low vaccination rates among incarcerated youth, staff at juvenile facilities, leads to concern

BY: - July 30, 2021

Though everybody over age 12 is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, only 27% of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth have been inoculated against the deadly virus, an official with the Office of Juvenile Justice said Thursday, and only 36% of the staff at the state’s juvenile facilities have been. “They have received all the information and we really […]