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Vaccine Approval Sparks Louisiana Vaccine, Testing Mandates

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The announcement that Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine received full federal approval triggers new vaccine and testing mandates in Louisiana.

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 3:37 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The announcement that Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine received full federal approval triggers new vaccine and testing mandates in Louisiana.

Louisiana’s universities will soon start requiring tens of thousands of students to get the shots. Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to mandate regular COVID-19 testing for thousands of state workers who aren’t immunized.

But just how many people the vaccine and testing mandates will cover and when they’ll take effect remains uncertain. University inoculation requirements may not be enforced for months on campuses, and students will be able to seek exemptions.

Meanwhile, the Edwards administration said it’s crafting its testing plans, uncertain when they’ll be released.

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