Louisiana expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b, Tier 2, all essential workers are now eligible

The State of Louisiana is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b, Tier 2, which makes all essential workers eligible as of Monday, March 22, 2021. All persons currently eligible in Phases 1a and 1b, Tier 1 remain eligible.

In addition to existing eligibility guidelines, Tier 2 includes individuals aged 18 and up (or 16 and up for Pfizer vaccine only) who meet the following criteria:

  • Higher Education faculty and staff
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • Food service (restaurant) workers, hotel workers, and other hospitality workers
  • Judiciary workers
  • Postal workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Transportation workers including river pilots
  • Water and wastewater workers
  • Energy workers
  • Bank tellers
  • Construction workers
  • Clergy
  • IT and Telecommunications workers
  • Media workers
  • Public safety engineers/workers
  • Public health workers
  • Frontline government workers
  • Child, youth, and family service workers
  • In-home caregivers (including paid and unpaid caregivers)
  • Veterinarians and support staff
  • Waste management workers
  • Public and private security and emergency preparedness workers


Individuals who meet Tier 2 criteria are required to bring proof of employment such as an identification badge, pay stub, or letter from current employer that documents inclusion in one of the above categories. Providers do not need to verify the validity of the document. This documentation is only required for the first dose, not the second dose (for those vaccines requiring two doses).