Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards receives first dose of COVID vaccine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center's vaccination site.

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Louisiana residents got to see the state’s first large-scale vaccination center in action today.

On Tuesday at 3p.m., Governor Edwards held a press conference to discuss the opening of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center's vaccination site. He began the meeting with a hopeful tone for Louisiana citizens, calling it "an exciting day" for many in the state. 

Edwards went on to discuss the state's priority groups for vaccination, referencing the targeted age group. He also mentioned the steady supply of vaccines trickling in weekly to the state and its facilities.

Pennington's Executive Director John Kirwan also addressed the briefing, stressing gratitude and the center's objective to always be "ready and willing" to help Louisiana residents. 

Dr. Richard Vath, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady President, discussed the health system's contribution to vaccine distribution. He estimated 7,500 vaccinations per week in the near future. 

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin shared thanks to frontline medical workers and election workers and commended the governor as "doing phenomenal work." 

Governor Edwards returned to the podium announcing the state would remain in the modified Phase 2 for another 21 days. The event concluded with the governor receiving his vaccination live. 

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