Eric Connerly Data News Weekly Contributor
Starting March 29, 2021, anyone over the age of 16 in Louisiana will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana is now ready to offer the COVID-19 Vaccine to anyone who wants it.
Edwards said this week the state will see the largest allotment of the vaccine to date, which allowed them to make this step.
Since the start of the vaccination process, more than one million Louisianans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine. With the B.1.1.7., or U.K. variant, continuing to increase in Louisiana and neighboring states, it is essential to get Louisiana vaccinated as quickly and equitably as possible, the governor says.
Appointments will still be required, and providers may need time to update their scheduling systems, which means that people may have to wait a few days to schedule their appointments for next week.
There are three authorized COVID-19 Vaccines used in the United States: two-dose vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna and a one-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson. People ages 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer Vaccine, and they should consult their primary care doctor or vaccine provider to ensure the proper vaccine is administered.
For information about where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana and for more information, visit COVIDVaccine.la.gov.