608 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

608 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week
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The following information is from the Louisiana Department of Health:

BATON ROUGE, La. - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) say 608 vaccine providers across the state will receive “very limited doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

These providers include national and independent pharmacies, public health providers, clinics and physician offices, hospitals and others. The full breakdown is as follows:

  • 254 chain pharmacies (including 116 Walmarts, 7 Sam’s Club, 75 CVS, and 21 Winn Dixie from retail pharmacy program)
  • 137 independent pharmacies
  • 57 hospitals
  • 41 public health providers
  • 35 urgent cares
  • 28 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)
  • 25 medical practices
  • 9 rural health clinics (RHCs)
  • 22 other healthcare providers

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What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov. In addition to these providers, community vaccination events are taking place across the state and are also listed on LDH’s website.

Residents can call 211 to find a vaccine provider or event near them.

All Louisiana residents ages 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone 16 years and older.

Participating providers must give available vaccine doses to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will affect whether the provider receives future allocations of the vaccine.

Eligible residents must contact a participating provider to make an appointment. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. LDH cannot make appointments for patients; only providers can.

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Second doses

Patients receiving Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will receive their second dose of the COVID vaccine at the same location they received their first dose. Second-dose appointments should be made during the administration of the first dose. If patients missed their second dose vaccination appointment they should immediately contact the provider of their first dose to schedule a new appointment. If you have received the Moderna vaccine, ideally your second shot should be given 28 days after your first one. If you get the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose should be given 21 days after the first. According to the CDC, you can safely receive the second dose up to 42 days and likely longer after the first dose if need be.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in one dose, and like the other two vaccines is 100% effective at preventing hospitalization and death from COVID.

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. We want everyone to have the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID. We are confident that COVID-19 vaccines will be critical to ultimately ending the pandemic.

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