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WATCH: Gov. Edwards says people ages 16-64 with certain health conditions can get COVID vaccine

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state would move to Phase 3 on March 3, 2021...
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state would move to Phase 3 on March 3, 2021 during a news conference on March 2, 2021.(Source: WAFB)
Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 7:42 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 12:15 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB/KALB) - Starting Tuesday, March 9, people ages 16 to 64 with one or more health conditions defined by the CDC, as well as the staff of congregate living facilities, will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.

The new group includes:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

The governor also mentioned that President Joe Biden approved the Louisiana Disaster Declaration which will provide assistance to the parishes of Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.

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