Gov. Edwards: 1.2 million Louisianans are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and a host of other state leaders got their COVID vaccine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

“I have been waiting on this day for quite some time… for me quite frankly, waiting hasn’t been easy,” Edwards said.

Pennington will serve as the capital city’s first mass vaccination site, but only when they have enough vaccines to do so. Officials say they hope to administer up to 7,000 doses of the vaccine per week. Patients must sign up online.

This week, residents 65 and older became eligible for the vaccine along with election workers who will be working the polls in March and April. More than a million people can get their shot, and it’s important that residents still get tested often. Edwards says more people have received the vaccine than tested positive for the coronavirus.

“A need for testing continues to rise [and] continues to be essential as we seek to overcome the COVID mutations that are emerging particularly [the UK variant],” John Kirwan, Pennington Medical Center Executive Director, said.

This coming after Edwards moved the state into a modified phase 2 once again, but this time with good news on the horizon. Edwards says the state is improving.

“I am hopeful that when we next announce a new proclamation, we will be able to ease restrictions if we continue on the path we are currently on,” Edwards said.

To make an appointment to receive the vaccine, go to www.Fmolhs.Org/covid-19

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