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Louisiana Greatly Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility; See Who's Eligible

BATON ROUGE - State officials announced Louisiana has widened the eligibility pool for the COVID vaccination to people as young 16 years old, so long as they have a pre-existing condition.

The new group includes those ages 16 to 64 who have a host of conditions that could increase their risk of more severe COVID-19 infections.

Those ages 16 and above will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and those who are 18 and above can get the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccines, if they have one or more of the following conditions:

• moderate to severe asthma

• cerebrovascular disease

• hypertension or high blood pressure

• immunocompromised state 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

• cystic fibrosis

• overweight

• pulmonary fibrosis

• thalassemia

• type 1 diabetes mellitus

Anyone of age who works in a congregate shelter, such as a jail or group home, can also get the vaccine.

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