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Mayor speaks on joint effort to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine among disproportionately affected households

(WTVY - Kinsley Centers)
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:07 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2021 at 3:27 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Officials from a number of local and federal departments spoke Tuesday, June 29 about a joint effort to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for those disproportionately affected by the virus, including among HUD-assisted households.

Representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) joined Mayor Adrian Perkins and other local officials for the news conference.

“We want to make sure that we’re providing that access to the vulnerable populations,” many of which are assisted by HUD, said Leslie Bradley, the deputy regional administrator.

As of Tuesday evening, more than 1.6 million Louisianans have been fully vaccinated, which marks a new milestone for the state. However, that figure only makes up for about 34.4% of the state’s population. Plus, the northwest corner of the state has only about 29% of its population fully vaccinated.

“We are at a significant risk for another surge,” said Martha Whyte, regional medical director for the state’s health department.

Bradley said one way to battle the low vaccination numbers is to better serve our vulnerable populations.

The event was held at the Renaissance of Allendale Apartments at 3 p.m. Vaccinations were available for those 12 and older from 3 to 6 p.m. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered.

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