8:30 LRN Newscast Jan 2

Thursday’s announcement that those over the age of 70 in Louisiana can begin receiving COVID vaccines has many already crowding pharmacies to get vaccinated before doses have arrived. The vaccines will begin on Monday, Department of Health spokeswoman Aly Neel stressed that only a limited supply of 10,000 Moderna doses will be available next week and appointments are required, or you will be turned away.


2020 was an unprecedented year for the Department of Family and Children services as more than $674 million was distributed in food stamps. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jean Guinta has the breakdown.

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And $92.6 million in hurricane disaster SNAP benefits was also distributed.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going slower than many expected. The state’s top public health expert says Louisiana will have received more than 210-thousand vaccine doses by today and over 45-thousand doses have been administered. State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter admits it’s a complex operation

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been placed on the NFL’s reserve-COVID-19 list after testing positive for the coronavirus. And there’s a possibility he could miss a playoff game next week. New Orleans can still get the first seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. For that to happen, the Saints need to beat the Panthers tomorrow, the Packers have to lose to the Bears and Seattle must defeat San Francisco. Saints safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will also miss Sunday’s game due to COVID.