More than half of Louisiana’s COVID deaths since early 2021 could have been prevented. If demand had remained high and all adults had gotten vaccinated, 5,182 deaths would have been averted. Louisiana’s vaccination rate sits at 54%, one of the lowest in the nation. Louisiana is 4th among the least-vaccinated states, behind only Wyoming, Alabama, and Mississippi. But it’s 19th for the number of preventable deaths. Disinformation about the vaccine is the greatest obstacle now, says the state health officer. Louisiana lawmakers advanced a bill that would prohibit discrimination over vaccination status.
| Staff writer, EMILY WOODRUFF, and Emily Woodruff. “Over 5,000 Louisiana COVID Deaths Could Have Been Prevented with Vaccine, Analysis Finds | Coronavirus | Nola.Com.” NOLA.Com, www.nola.com, 22 May 2022, https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_a69f6090-d870-11ec-a027-43880b37e5ba.html.