Limited doses of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Louisiana this week

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Very limited doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed this week to over 500 providers across Louisiana.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, these providers include:

  • 168 chain pharmacies
  • 144 independent pharmacies
  • 55 hospitals
  • 45 public health providers
  • 26 medical practices
  • 21 federally qualified health centers
  • 19 urgent cares
  • 12 community events
  • 10 rural health clinics
  • 8 other healthcare providers

The providers represent all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state.

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov. In addition, residents can call 211 to find a vaccine provider near them.

Future distribution is dependent on vaccine made available to the state, among other factors. To stress, there is no guarantee that providers receiving vaccine this week will receive vaccine in the future.

These vaccines will be available only for the following populations in Phase 1B, Tier 1:

  • Persons 65 and older
  • Dialysis providers and patients
  • Ambulatory and outpatient providers and staff
  • Behavioral health providers and staff
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff
  • Community care providers and staff
  • Dental providers and staff
  • Professional home care providers, including hospice workers, and home care recipients, including older and younger people with disabilities over the age of 16 who receive community or home-based care, as well as clients of home health agencies
  • Interpreters and Support Service Providers working in community and clinic-based settings, and clients who are both deaf and blind
  • Health-related support personnel (lab staff, mortuary staff who have contact with corpses, pharmacy staff)
  • Schools of allied health students, residents, and staff

Participating providers must make available vaccine available to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will inform future decisions about distribution.

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

Patients should receive their second doses of the COVID vaccine at the same location where they received their first dose. Second-dose appointments should be made during the administration of the first dose.

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.

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