Gov. Edwards urges residents to get COVID-19 vaccine ahead of President Biden’s visit to La.

Gov. Edwards urges residents to get COVID-19 vaccine ahead of President Biden’s visit to La.
Gov. John Bel Edwards holds news conference on Louisiana's response to COVID-19 at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards held his weekly news conference on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 5.

Gov. Edwards announced residents can access their COVID-19 vaccine record card digitally via the free LA Wallet app.

Louisiana residents can pull up their COVID-19 vaccine record card on the LA Wallet app.
Louisiana residents can pull up their COVID-19 vaccine record card on the LA Wallet app. (Source: LA Wallet)

“If someone wants to have a digital copy of their vaccination record, they should be able to easily get one at no cost, which is what this optional feature of LA Wallet allows them to do,” said Edwards.

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Gov. Edwards continued to urge residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. As of Wednesday, May 5, 1.23 million Louisiana residents, more than 25% of its population, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

As of Monday, April 26, 1.2 million Louisiana residents, or 1 in 4 residents had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health.
As of Monday, April 26, 1.2 million Louisiana residents, or 1 in 4 residents had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health. (Source: Office of the Louisiana Governor)

The governor also discussed President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the state on Thursday, May 6. President Biden is scheduled to visit Lake Charles and New Orleans on Thursday.

Watch the governor’s full news conference in the video below

Dr. Joseph Kanter said 33.3% of all new COVID-19 cases in Louisiana are the UK variant. He added there are now seven known cases of the Brazilian variant in the state.

There are three vaccine resources available to people. They can call 1-855-453-0774 to schedule appointments, find vaccine providers, and ask vaccine questions. There is a new feature to the hotline that allows homebound individuals to have medical personnel go to them to give them the shot. People can text their zip code to 438829 (’GetVax’) to find vaccine providers. They can also visit vaccines.gov to find vaccine providers and other vaccine information.

The Louisiana Department of Health recommends that the public follow the “Two out of Three” rule to keep themselves safe during COVID.

When in doubt about whether to wear a mask at a certain activity where people outside of a person’s everyday household will be present, they can stay safe by:

  • Making sure everyone around them is vaccinated, or
  • Maintaining the 2 out of 3 Rule: To lower risk for COVID-19, make sure the activity meets two out of the following three conditions: Outdoors, Distanced and Masked.
  • Outdoors + Distanced = No Mask Recommended
  • Outdoors + Not Distanced = Mask Recommended
  • Indoor + Distanced = Mask Recommended

Residents can call the Bring Back Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The hotline can help residents schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area and connect people with medical professionals who can answer vaccine-related questions.

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