LA Dramatically Expands Covid Vaccine Eligibility
FEDERAL DECLARATION SIGNED— Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference yesterday to announce he received some good news from the White House as President Joe Biden approved his request for a major disaster declaration due to the recent winter storm
"We're very greatful for the Biden administration for granting this request and the additional help will be instrumental as we continue to recover from the winter storm," Edwdards said. "But also the mitigation could be very helpful to us in terms of winterizing some of our water systems for example."
Federal aid will be available across 23 parishes, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans for property losses and other assistance for individuals and businesses. Edwards also announced the state is expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility.
". . . so those who are more vulnerable to the disease will be eligible to receive the vaccine," John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
"Effective immediately all Louisianians 16 and older with health conditions that make them more likely to suffer serious complications from Covid-19, so those who are more vulnerable to the disease will be eligible to receive the vaccine," Edwards explained.
Among the preexisting conditions are things such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart conditions, and more. A full list is available on the Louisiana Dept of Health Website – www.ldh.la.gov search Covid Vaccine Eligibility.
The number of Louisianans who have died from Covid-19 is approaching 10,000, a year after the first Covid-19 death was first reported in the state.