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Gov. Edwards continues to urge La. residents to get COVID vaccine

Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 2:27 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards continued his plea to Louisiana residents for them to vaccinated against the coronavirus at a news conference Thursday, April 22.

The governor’s address came six days before his current executive order for Phase 3 and the statewide mask mandate is set to expire on Wednesday, April 28. He said he will make an announcement about whether or not the state will remain in Phase 3 on Tuesday, April 27.

Gov. Edwards discussed hesitancy amongst Louisiana residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He also addressed remarkably low turnout at a federally funded mass vaccination site in Baton Rouge capable of giving out 3,000 doses of the vaccine per day.

As of Thursday, April 22, 1.15 million Louisiana residents had completed a vaccine series, meaning they received either both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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The number of patients hospitalized due to the coronavirus has remained below 500 patients statewide since March 11. The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients requiring a mechanical ventilator has remained below 100 patients statewide since Feb. 25.

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