Convention Center President Michael J. Sawaya receives his COVID-19 vaccine at the LCMC Mass Vaccination Center at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in March 2021. Since that time, Sawaya has been joined by 91 percent of his staff who are also vaccinated against COVID-19.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Employees Reach 91% Vaccination Rate Against COVID-19

This milestone demonstrates employees’ commitment to keep the community and visitors safe

NEW ORLEANS – Oct. 12, 2021 – As the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) continues to welcome groups and visitors back to the city of New Orleans, the organization has now reached an employee vaccination rate of 91%. This includes 356 full-time employees and 32 part-time employees of NOENMCC.

“This is an impressive and exciting milestone for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and its employees. I applaud their motivation in our fight against COVID-19 and efforts to bring our city back to its full potential,” said New Orleans Mayor, LaToya Cantrell. “The Convention Center is a huge economic driver for New Orleans, and I appreciate their commitment in recognizing the responsibility we all have to protect each other. I believe this is a huge step in the right direction for our tourism industry and for our city overall.”

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is committed to creating the safest event destination for all visitors and working environment for its employees. In March of 2021, as soon as the general public was eligible to receive vaccinations, the Convention Center created a series of video and email messages urging Convention Center employees to consider getting vaccinated. In one video message, Convention Center President, Michael J. Sawaya and staff members were shown getting the vaccine on-site at the LCMC Mass Vaccination Center at the Convention Center, setting an example for employees to understand the critical role they play in the resumption of business.

“We are very thankful that so many of our employees understand that their role in getting vaccinated means getting us back to business and stimulating the local economy again. It is also what is expected of us by event organizers,” said Convention Center President, Michael J. Sawaya. “Having such a high vaccination rate allows us to welcome visitors and locals back to our facilities with a much greater peace of mind,” Sawaya continued.

Local and state COVID-19 testing and safety guidelines are being strictly enforced for the remaining nine percent of employees not included in the 91% vaccination rate.

“COVID-19 prevention and safety has to be a top priority for us. We have several major conventions on the calendar through the end of the year, and hopefully a number of Mardi Gras celebrations as Carnival season rolls around,” said Sawaya. “I could not be more proud that our staff is doing their part.”

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About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country, features an award-winning staff, first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

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