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Vaccines: Freedom, Fear & Facts | September 2021

A fourth wave of Covid-19 has swept across our country in recent weeks, and no state has been hit harder than Louisiana. Despite numerous vaccines being available to any person over 12, Louisiana continues to break records for cases and hospitalizations never seen before in this pandemic. With less than 45% of our state fully vaccinated, many citizens feel this fourth wave was avoidable. But why is there still so much vaccine hesitancy in Louisiana after all of the evidence that shows vaccines work? There are many factors, but none seem to be more prevalent than freedom, and fear.

The panelists taking part in this special program are:

  • Dr. Nelson Perret - LSU Medical Director
  • Dr. Joseph Kanter - Louisiana State Health Officer
  • Dr. Catherine O’Neal - Chief Medical Officer, Our Lady of The Lake
  • Edward Richards - LSU Public Health Policy Law Professor
  • Rev. Katie Simpson - University Methodist Church

Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Vaccines: Freedom, Fear & Facts” Wednesday, September 29th on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

“Vaccines: Freedom, Fear & Facts” will re-air Sunday, October 3 at 11:00 AM. It can also be streamed on-demand here after the broadcast premiere.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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