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Louisiana expanding vaccine access to those age 65 and older

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 05 2021 Feb 5, 2021 February 05, 2021 3:11 AM February 05, 2021 in Coronavirus
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is lowering the age criteria for COVID vaccine eligibility starting next week.

On Thursday, Governor Edwards announced the state would lower the minimum age for civilians receiving the vaccine from 70 to 65 years old. The governor said the change, which takes effect Feb. 8, would add about 250,000 people to the current pool of eligible recipients. 

Along with changing the age criteria, Louisiana is also adding other essential employees like March/April election workers, law enforcement and members of the state's Unified Command Group.

Up to this point, vaccinations in Louisiana have been limited to those in outlined in Phase 1B, Tier 1, which primarily included those 70 years and older and health care workers.  

You can find vaccine locations across Louisiana by clicking here.

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