COVID-19 vaccine

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feds boost state vaccine shipments to 11 million doses next week

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — States will see another increase in the COVID-19 vaccine doses they receive, with the Biden administration announcing Tuesday that the federal government will distribute 11 million doses next week. That’s an increase from 10.5 million doses this week, and 8.6 million during the week President Joe Biden took office last month. Those increases were […]

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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 […]