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Louisiana health department releases this week’s list of COVID-19 vaccine providers

(The Center Square) – The Louisiana Department of Health released Monday a list of 541 providers that will get shares of the state’s supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses this week.

LDH also has posted a list of community vaccination events being held around the state. All state residents who are at least 16 years old are eligible to be vaccinated, and appointments generally are required.

Providers are listed at LDH’s website. Residents also can call 211 to find a vaccine provider or event near them.

Three types of approved vaccines are available. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to get the full benefit, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16- and 17-year-olds and older, and the other two are approved for only adults.

State officials expected to get more than 300,000 first doses for general distribution this week, the most of any week so far, not counting direct federal allocations to certain providers.

“We are going to have more doses than we’ve had at any point up to now,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said last week. “It’s within our collective ability to make tremendous progress against this pandemic.”

More than 1.2 million of the state’s approximately 4.65 million residents have received at least one dose, according to LDH’s most-recent public report, and more than 782,000 people were fully vaccinated.

A recent survey found almost one-third of state residents, including almost half of Republicans, had no intention of getting vaccinated. State officials, however, said more people are growing comfortable with the idea as more people they know get immunized.

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