Vaccinating Louisiana: Tracking rates, restrictions and latest guidance

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Week of Jun. 14 2021

Louisiana has about 14,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, also known as the Janssen vaccine, that will expire at the end of the month, according to Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Kanter says he expects some of the doses to be used between now and then.

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its shot was highly effective against COVID-19 and also protected against variants in a large, late-stage study in the U.S. and Mexico.

The vaccine was about 90% effective overall and preliminary data showed it was safe, the company said.

While demand for COVID-19 shots in the U.S. has dropped off dramatically, the need for more vaccines around the world remains critical. The Novavax vaccine, which is easy to store and transport, is expected to play an important role in boosting vaccine supplies in the developing world.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Louisiana?

    Louisiana is currently in a modified Phase 3 plan.

    The majority of businesses, including restaurants and salons, will be able to move to 100% of their capacity.

    The governor’s updated public health emergency order keeps requirements for 6 feet of social distancing in all businesses, as well as other mitigation measures deemed necessary by the Louisiana Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal and posted on OpenSafely.La.gov.

    Limitations on when bars and restaurants can serve alcohol as well as occupancy limits will be lifted and deferred to local guidance, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

    Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits, though social distancing and the mask mandate remain in place along with any other additional measures that may be required by the State Fire Marshal.

    Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50% of their capacity, with social distancing. Masks are required under all circumstances.

    The mask mandate was also lifted statewide and deferred to local guidance.

    Are vaccine passports required in Louisiana?

    No, Gov. John Bel Edwards said that it is too soon to address vaccine passports in Louisiana and that the state is focusing on increasing vaccinations. There is also no law in place banning vaccine passports in Louisiana at this time.

    Are facial coverings or masks required in Louisiana?

    There is no statewide mask mandate in place. Gov. John Bel Edwards allowed parish governments to lift or keep their mask mandates.

    New Orleans lifted its mask mandate only for people who are fully vaccinated.

    What does it mean to be ‘fully vaccinated?’

    According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you do not meet those requirements, regardless of age, you are not fully vaccinated.

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    I’m fully vaccinated. What can I do?

    You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic, the CDC says. You no longer need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

    Do I need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination prior to travel?

    If you choose to travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel. You do not need to self-quarantine after travel.

    If traveling internationally, pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States. You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

    You do need to show a negative test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

    The CDC recommends you still get tested three to five days after international travel, but you do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

    I’m not vaccinated. What activities should I and should I not partake in?

    Outdoor Activities:

    Safest: Walk, run, wheelchair roll, or bike outdoors with members of your household. Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends. While masked, attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission.

    Less Safe: While masked, dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households.

    Least Safe: While masked, attend a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event.

    Indoor Activities:

    Less Safe: While masked, visit a barber or hair salon, go to an uncrowded, indoor shopping center or museum, attend a small, indoor gathering of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people from multiple households.

    Least Safe: While masked, go to an indoor movie theater, attend a full-capacity worship service, sing in an indoor choir, eat at an indoor restaurant or bar, participate in an indoor, high-intensity exercise class.

    What don’t we know yet about the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The CDC says they are still unsure how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data indicates that vaccines may work against some variants, but are less effective against others. They are also still learning how well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications. The CDC is also unsure how long the COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

    COVID-19 Data in Louisiana:

    LDH has discontinued the daily updates on the weekends.

    Here are today’s numbers:

    • 328 new cases reported
    • 477,453 total cases
    • 403,163 of total cases are confirmed cases, 74,290 are probable cases.
    • 11 new deaths reported
    • 10,688 total deaths
    • 9,681 are confirmed deaths and 1,007 are probable deaths.
    • 267 patients in the hospital, with 34 of those on ventilators.
    • 7,638,553 total tests completed and reported to state *includes molecular and antigen testing.

    Source: Louisiana Department of Health

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