Teachers, some 55 years of age and older and pregnant women start getting COVID-19 vaccinations

Louisiana teachers and day care workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many started receiving their shots Monday.

People ages 54 to 61-years-old with underlying health conditions will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pregnant women are also eligible to get the vaccine as well.

Dr. Joseph Kanter also announced that alongside their partnership with Walmart, CVS pharmacies across the state will also begin offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Kanter said the allotment of COVID-19 vaccines is in addition to what the state normally gets each week and will be included in the list of providers released by the health department.

Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards also confirmed that the number of UK variant cases in the state increased to 15, and that there are 32 other tests pending laboratory confirmation.

Kanter said two weeks ago that the UK Variant will more than likely be the dominate strain in Louisiana by March.

Kanter also confirmed that the state has lost a total of 754 vaccine doses, which he believes is less than a percentage point of the total number of vaccines given in the state.

This comes after news of vaccine shipments being delayed due to winter storms.

Louisiana was gripped by two winter storms this week, covering most of the state in ice.

The Louisiana Department of Health announced that vaccines were delayed for the state two days in a row.

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