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LA-CEAL talks COVID-19, Vaccines and Health Disparities

LA-CEAL’s Dr. Daniel Sarpong, Endowed Chair in Health Disparities and the Director for the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education and Professor of Biostatistics, was a guest on The Good Morning Show on WBOK radio on June 3, 2021.

Vaccine Safety and Children

Vaccine Safety and ChildrenLA-CEAL segment on WWL-AM First News with Tommy Tucker on June 1, 2021, with guest expert Dr. John S. Schieffelin, M.D. | M.S.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Sections of Infections Disease, Tulane University School of Medicine.

Southern University Hosted Statewide Vaccination Day

As the number of fully vaccinated residents in Louisiana increased weekly to 413,000 by April 12th, Southern University joined the statewide push in the fight against COVID-19 through its statewide vaccination day. On April 10th, the university administered the one-dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine across its five campuses and four additional sites, including its Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) Campus. The university system provided the vaccines in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health, that was administered by the Louisiana National Guard. 

The Vaccine is Here. It's Our First Step Out of this Pandemic

A year to six months ago, we all thought that a COVID-19 vaccine was a few years away, but thank God we had a vaccine in December of 2020. The early vaccine was because the developers built on existing knowledge of vaccine research and had a significant financial resource allocation. 

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is here.

Vaccine recipients encourage Black community to vaccinate

Across the nation, COVID-19 has taken the lives of African Americans at a disproportionate rate, compared to white Americans. Data from the Centers for Disease Control found the death rate in Black communities to be 1.9 times that of the rate of death in white communities, and the hospitalization rate to be 2.9 times higher.

The Biden administration announced on March 13 that all Americans will be eligible for Food Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 vaccinations by May 1. In seven weeks, vaccination sites across the state are expected to receive ramped up allocations of vaccines through federal and state coordination efforts.

African Americans Share Experiences with COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine will become more readily available for more eligible groups beginning in late March as vaccine manufacturers reached a major milestone on March 19th to produce enough vaccines to be distributed across the country. Some 7 million Louisiana residents have been vaccinated since December 2020.

And as many residents have completed both doses of the approved vaccines, they are sharing with their neighbors and friends their experiences with getting vaccinated.

100 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Produced in March

President Joe Biden recently announced that his administration would achieve a goal of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots this month. By March 19, the Centers for Disease Control’s distribution tracker confirmed the White House had met its goal to deliver on more vaccines. And during his first national primetime address, the President declared that he would direct states, tribes, and territories to make all adults eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1.

In mid-March, about 12 percent of Americans were fully vaccinated and about 21 percent of Americans had received their first dosage, according to the CDC. In Louisiana, around 12 percent of the state-wide population has been vaccinated, with vaccination rates around 15 percent in Orleans Parish and 14 percent in Jefferson Parish according to the Louisiana Department of Health’s vaccination tracker. Louisiana is also among the states with the least missed appointments for second shots. Some 2,123 health providers are working to vaccinate the state’s 4.6 million residents.