Vaccine Access In Louisiana To Expand Monday, Include K-12 Teachers

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that access to the COVID-19 vaccine will expand on Monday to include teachers and support staff at K-12 schools, non-emergency medical staff, pregnant persons and those between the ages of 55-64 with one or more health conditions designated by the CDC for eligibility to receive a vaccine dose.

“Thanks to continued increases in the availability of vaccine doses to the state of Louisiana from our federal partners, I am confident that now is the right time to continue to expand eligibility," said Edwards. "People will still have to be patient and the vaccine doses are still limited, but this is a positive step forward for our state. It is my hope that soon even more people will be able to get these safe and effective vaccines in Louisiana.”

“I’m grateful and relieved to know our early childhood workers, as well as k-12 educators and school staff, now have access to this vaccine," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. "This signifies the value of our essential employees and will enable even more Louisiana centers and schools to be fully open to serve students, families and communities."

Louisiana is currently in Phase 1B, Tier 1 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution which includes the following groups:

(Graphic: Louisiana Department of Health)

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