COVID-19

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Louisiana Governor looks at attaching financial incentives to COVID-19 vaccine participation

BY: - May 20, 2021

Louisiana may soon offer incentives to residents who are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to boost the state’s dismal vaccination rate.  Gov. John Bel Edwards said his administration is discussing sweetening the pot for people who take the vaccine, but he wouldn’t go into details about what type of incentive might be […]

Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine? 7 questions answered by a pediatric infectious disease expert

BY: - May 14, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed with recommendations endorsing use in this age group after their advisory group meeting on May 12. The American Academy of […]

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CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated […]

Republicans block 'Jim Crow jury' reform

Louisiana may look at changing medical release for sick, dying incarcerated people — again

BY: - May 13, 2021

A lawmaker wants the state to put together a commission to study Louisiana’s policies related to the release of incarcerated people who are sick and dying in prison — just three years after the Legislature voted to tighten the rules on those same releases. The Louisiana House will have to approve the measure before it […]

More than $350B in federal recovery cash starts rolling out to states, cities, parishes

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties can begin to tap their share of the $350 billion in federal funds intended to spur a national recovery from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, White House officials announced Monday. The Biden administration said the much-anticipated money, which was included in the massive relief law enacted earlier this […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

House passes second version of vetoed elections bill

BY: - May 5, 2021

For the second consecutive legislative session, on Tuesday the Louisiana House passed an elections bill that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sponsored last year’s legislation, which Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed, and is sponsoring this year’s bill, […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

AG Jeff Landry sues U.S. Treasury over Rescue Plan mandate

BY: - May 4, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that he joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, arguing against a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibits states from using federal pandemic relief money to cut taxes. Landry joined the lawsuit with two other Republican attorneys general from Mississippi and Texas. The filing […]

Vaccine information won’t go on Louisiana driver’s license — whether legislation passes or not

BY: - April 26, 2021

The Louisiana House will take up legislation that would prohibit vaccine information from being included on a person’s driver’s license or state identification card, though the bill won’t have much impact if passed. Current state law does not allow vaccine information to go onto a person’s driver’s license. The proposed legislation will effectively just reinforce […]

Federal health regulators urge states to restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Friday recommended that states return to using the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but also hand out updated fact sheets that will warn about the rare blood clots in women that paused the vaccine’s use. Top U.S. health officials swiftly acted on the recommendation by the panel, […]

Pushback against ‘vaccine passports’ puts colleges in a quandary

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Florida’s Nova Southeastern University joined a small group of U.S. colleges on April 1, when the private research university announced that it would require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. In a message posted on the university’s website, NSU’s president and CEO, Dr. […]

Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will be relying […]

Louisiana joins other states in pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top public health officials said Tuesday that they are recommending a pause in the use of a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson “out of an abundance of caution” following six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot, and states and localities immediately began moving to suspend the vaccine’s use.  In […]