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New Orleans administers COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 and over indoors

The New Orleans government announced it will expand its mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine, or test negative, to include children age 5 and older for indoor use.

Other cities that will introduce COVID-19 vaccination requirements for public spaces for those ages 5 and older include Philadelphia and New York.

New Orleans’ decision was made as its public school system also mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for students ages 5 and older, making this the first such requirement in the United States, according to Nola.com.

“We will require proof of vaccination or negative test results in bars, restaurants and other places for everyone aged 5 and over. Children aged 5-11 will have to show proof of at least one dose of the vaccine, ”said Mayor Latoya Cantrell. said at a press conference.

This mandate will start on January 3

The requirement will be expanded to two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. until February 1, that is, four weeks before the start of Mardi Gras on March 1. A negative test will suffice, too.

School regulations on COVID-19 will also go into effect on February 1.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said earlier this week that the state health department will add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of mandatory vaccinations for students in Louisiana.

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“All of Louisiana’s current vaccination waiver regulations for parents will remain in effect, which means no child will be forced to get vaccinated if their parents object in writing,” his office said in a press release.

Previously, the New Orleans vaccination mandate extended to people 12 years of age and older. Only the Los Angeles Unified School District has introduced a similar school mandate for children ages 12 and older and offers the COVID-19 vaccine to the 5-11 age group. The school district postponed the December deadline for the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 years to fall 2022 after some 28,000 students remained unvaccinated.

On November 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

As of December 14, 56.5% of Louisiana’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 49% have been fully vaccinated.

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Mimi Nguyen Lee is a distribution editor and world news reporter based in Australia. Has experience in optometry. Contact her at [email protected]

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