The development and distribution of a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic has been a desperate need for things to go back to "normal." However, some are hesitant to take the vaccine due to its quick development.

Dr. David Holcombe explains in-depth as to how the COVID-19 vaccine works and what to expect after getting vaccinated. 

On the effectiveness of the vaccine

The current estimate is the vaccine will last up to a year, but not much can be said yet considering it is still a new vaccine.

How it works

COVID-19 Mass Vaccination in Monroe on March 16

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The Louisiana Department of Health will hold mass vaccination events across the state using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccinations will be given Monday, March 16 at the Monroe Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 750 doses available. The full list of statewide vaccination sites is available here. Additional dates will be announced as more vaccine becomes available.

The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy is offering the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to individuals at the university and in the community who are eligible to receive it under the Louisiana Department of Health's expanded criteria.  


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The COVID-19 testing schedule for sites operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) for the week of February 8-13 is listed below. No LANG-operated sites will be open in Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana). Sites are closed during state holidays and inclement weather.

Louisiana's newest Republican member of the U.S. House, Luke Letlow, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41 years old. 

Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect's death Tuesday night. Bautsch said in a statement that the family is asking for privacy. 

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he has COVID-19 and is resting at home with mild symptoms. He's Louisiana's fourth statewide elected official to test positive for the coronavirus disease since the pandemic began. Nungesser confirmed in a Wednesday night Twitter post that he tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican in his second term as lieutenant governor said that his mild symptoms include a fever, but no breathing problems. The lieutenant governor joins three other Republican statewide elected officials in Louisiana who have previously had COVID-19 and have since recovered: U.S. Sen.

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.

Monroe Mayor Asks Citizens To Take COVID-19 Measures

Nov 19, 2020


We are seeing significant increases in positive COVID cases in our area, around our state and throughout the country. Hospitalizations are again at an all-time high, and many are still losing loved ones to this virus or lengthy hospital stays. The Monroe area is no exception.

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The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Some groups already have called off parades and balls because over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But news outlets report that Mayor Sandy Stimpson's office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn't being canceled. And the city is getting ready to issue permits for parades that will wind through downtown streets.

The Louisiana Department of Education is making it easier to keep up with important reopening information for school systems across the state.