Report: 100 COVID vaccinations started at Saints-Jaguars preseason game


Monday's Saints game marked the first time fans had to verify vaccine status before entering the building, and with it came a healthy number of first-time vaccinations.

There were 100 people who received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Caesars Superdome, according to a report from WDSU.

That number is a drop in the bucket in the larger picture of the coronavirus pandemic, but it is a positive result amid regulations and campaigns aimed at mitigating the virus' spread. Cases and hospitalizations have surged in recent weeks, largely spurred by the Delta Variant and unvaccinated individuals.

The Saints operated in lockstep with city and state regulations to mandate vaccine verifications, rules that allow for unvaccinated fans to gain entry by showing a negative test taken within the prior 72 hours. LSU football announced similar regulations Tuesday morning.

The team is offering vaccinations at several locations on gamedays, and is back in action on Saturday when they host the Arizona Cardinals. The Saints have stated that they are hopeful to roll back vaccine, mask and other regulations later in the season if vaccination rates continue to rise.