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Ochsner Health to require employees vaccinate when FDA grants final approval

Currently, the doses from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are allowed to be distributed under a FDA emergency use authorization.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 3:49 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. (KADN) - Ochsner Health will require employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives final approval to the shots.

A spokeswoman for Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center confirmed the requirement to News15 Thursday afternoon.

Currently, the doses from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are allowed to be distributed under a FDA emergency use authorization.

The FDA announced its first emergency use authorization in December 2020 for the Pfizer vaccine.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden said that final approval from the FDA could happen by the end of August.

VACCINATIONS IN LOUISIANA

Numbers released by the Louisiana Department of Health show that as of Thursday, July 22, 1,696,163 vaccine series have been completed.

In LDH's Region 4, which all Acadiana parishes except Jefferson Davis and St. Mary, the vaccination rate is 30.9%.

Lafayette Parish has the highest rate of vaccination compared to total population at 34.31%. Acadia Parish has the lowest with 23.99%.

The statewide rate remains among the lowest in the United States.

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