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'This Is Huge': Louisiana Gets Its 1st COVID-19 Vaccines


Louisiana has administered its first coronavirus vaccines at a New Orleans-area hospital. The vaccinations at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish went to workers at the facility who regularly encounter COVID-19 patients.

Gov. John Bel Edwards watched the first immunizations in person. Ochsner Health showed the Pfizer shots being administered via a livestream video. Louisiana’s first shipments of an estimated 39,000 Pfizer vaccines this week all will go directly to hospitals to administer. In addition to Ochsner’s New Orleans-area hospital, two hospitals in Shreveport administered vaccines to their workers Monday.

Other hospitals around Louisiana expect to receive their first doses later in the week.