The COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has been expanded to a large number of Louisiana residents.
Starting today, K-12 teachers and support staff along with daycare, early learning center workers, and staff are now eligible for the vaccine. Edwards also announced that residents age 55 to 64 with at least one condition listed by the CDC that is at risk (Cancer, Kidney disease, etc) can now receive the vaccine along with all pregnant persons.
With that expansion, 479,000 people have been added to the vaccine eligibility list.
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley released the following statement last week after the Governor made the announcement.
"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. 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. I extend my thanks to Governor Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health, and our state's medical professionals for working alongside us throughout this pandemic and for making our educational community a priority. Although not perfect, Louisiana has managed to maintain an early childcare system and a k-12 educational program throughout this pandemic."
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