Gov. John Bel Edwards and a panel of medical experts have come together for a special roundtable conversation, The COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana: What You Need to Know, focused on Louisiana’s plan for the vaccine and to answer some of the most frequently asked questions including: Is it safe and effective? Who will get it and when? How will it work? The expert panel includes: Dr. Joseph Kanter, an ER doctor who is leading the Louisiana Department of Health’s COVID response, Dr. Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University and immunologist who participated in the clinical trial and Dr. Tina Stefanski, Office of Public Health Regional Medical Director for Region 4 (Acadiana). The half-hour program was pre-recorded and produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting this week, hosted by LPB’s André Moreau and is now available to media outlets statewide.
To date, the virus has sadly claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 Louisianans and there are more than 275,000 cases which continue to increase along with hospitalizations and percent positivity across the state.
“This long awaited vaccine is a ray of hope and our best chance for ending this pandemic and controlling the virus,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are especially grateful to the scientists and medical community for their work on this vaccine that will truly save lives and all of the frontline healthcare heroes who have been fighting for all of us since this pandemic started. Just as the virus is new so is the vaccine, and there are many questions that need to be answered, which is why I’m thankful to Beth Courtney, LPB, our great panel of experts and media partners for helping to get accurate information to the public at large. This affects all of us, and we need everyone to understand the importance of this vaccine, its safety and effectiveness. The vaccine coupled with wearing our masks, social distancing, testing when exposed or ill, good hand hygiene and staying home when sick will ultimately get us back to the place we all long to be.”
The program is available for all media to download, broadcast and stream online. Details are listed below.
“As a statewide network, LPB reaches a majority of Louisiana households making LPB uniquely positioned to deliver this important information to everyone,” says Beth Courtney, CEO of LPB. “Delivering factual information on the COVID vaccination is a continuation of LPB’s mission to offer essential educational services across Louisiana.”
The approx. ½ hour program will feed out via satellite today, Dec. 17, at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM using these coordinates:
Contact: Tom Woodside, LPB Master Control Direct Line - 225-767-4225
Radio stations: Contact Ken Miller at 225-767-4238.
LPB will load the program onto its YouTube channel and will provide an embed link for anyone who wishes to use that on their website. Stations are also able to make their own web-versions of the show from their satellite feed copies for streaming use.