La. expands priority group for COVID-19 vaccine to include K-12 teachers, daycare workers, pregnant women

La. expands priority group for COVID-19 vaccine to include K-12 teachers, daycare workers, pregnant women
COVID-19 vaccination clinic sign (Source: WSFA 12 News)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state of Louisiana will be expanding its eligibility ends for the COVID-19 vaccine to include:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Daycare workers
  • All pregnant women
  • Non-Emergency medical transportation providers and staff
  • Persons 55-64 with one or more health conditions defined by the CDC

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The changes will go into effect on Feb. 22.

New COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Louisiana
New COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Louisiana (Source: Office of the Louisiana Governor)

It’s said that teachers seek to inspire their students. But after one of the craziest years we’ve ever seen in education, teachers could now get a little extra inspiration to keep going themselves.

“It is something that we’ve intended to do for a while,” said Governor Edwards.

Teachers will now be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, that’s of course if they’d like one.

After being at the front of their classrooms for this school year, it’s a welcome surprise, like a new student for some.

“I mean, I know the vaccine can’t guarantee that nothings going to happen, but at least it’s another line of defense,” said Jaret Guidry, a third grader teacher in the EBR Parish School System.

Guidry says one of the biggest fears for teachers is catching COVID on campus, and possibly taking the virus home to their families.

“We are front-line workers, and we’re there everyday with the kids. And you do what you can for safety’s sake, to keep them apart. But they’re children. Snots happen, coughs happen, things happen, and we are exposed,” said Guidry.

“You know as the governor said, that doesn’t mean that we have enough vaccines across the state to immediately vaccinate everyone who is eligible. But it certainly is welcome news to know that they are eligible, and as more supply becomes available, we we believe it will, we’ll be ready,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana Superintendent of Education.

EBR Schools Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse says he’s feeling a sense of relief for his employees.

“The rate of children being infected in schools is actually very low. But you know it’s about easing people’s minds. I also think it’s about being safe. So I think you can’t penalize folks for really wanting to make sure they are safe, so I really think this will help people do that,” said Dr. Narcisse.

Even though the governor may have a soft spot for teachers, as The First Lady, Donna Edwards is one. He says it was just the right time.

“But being able to get to them is very important for our state. As we know they’ve been on the frontlines of this pandemic and they play a continued role in our continued recovery, and obviously the education of our children,” said the governor.

This is an extra 475,000 additional people who will now be eligible for a shot this coming Monday.

Just a reminder, you won’t be able to schedule your appointments to get a shot until February 22.

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