It’s here..the vaccine is here! You can just feel the excitement and hope in the air!
So how to be vaccinated? Is it available for everyone? What about my children? Here are the FAQ’s from the Louisiana Department of Health…and remember, getting the vaccine is a “fluid” situation—and hopefully by the end of this spring and beginning of the summer, the vaccine will be readily available.
Please select here for the answers to many questions: https://ldh.la.gov/assets/oph/Coronavirus/resources/Vaccine/COVID_Vaccine_FAQs.pdf
Some highlights are:
Limited amounts of COVID vaccines will be available beginning January 4, 2021 at some local pharmacies.
Starting the week of January 4, Louisiana will receive the first very limited doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that will be available at approximately 100 pharmacies across the state.
These vaccines will be available only for:
●People 70 years old and above
●Ambulatory/outpatient care personnel
●People being treated for end stage renal disease (patients on dialysis)
●Schools of allied health students/residents/staff
●Home agency patients and personnel
Patients must contact a participating pharmacy and make an appointment at the pharmacy. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Vaccinations are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment.
Participating pharmacies in East Baton Rouge Parish are Walgreen’s, some Albertson’s (Savon), and these in other areas of the parish:
Walgreen’s currently has all of its appointments booked.
Albertsons/Savon #3713 https://www.mhealthsystem.com/Albertsons3713,
15232 George O'Neal Road Baton Rouge
Albertsons/Savon #3750 https://www.mhealthsystem.com/Albertsons3750,
4857 Government Street Baton Rouge
Dry's Pharmacy https://dryspharmacy.com/ (225) 654-1175, 4344 Church Street, Zachary
Medical Pharmacy West http://medicalpharmacyla.com/contact.php, (225) 658-8101, 2250 Church Street Zachary
Pharmacy Central https://www.bellingrathpharmacy.com/contact, (225) 508-4977,
17070 Greenwell Springs Road Greenwell Springs
CareSouth Medical & Dental https://www.caresouth.org/locations/baton-rouge/
(225) 650-2000, 3140 Florida Street, Baton Rouge
Please also know that The LA Department of Health is following recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) to guide recommendations on which populations should be vaccinated with any of the COVID-19 vaccines that come on to the market after FDA approval.
Can I get the vaccine from my doctor’s office? Hmmm…that’s a good question…it’s best to check with your individual doctor.
And what about the masks and social distancing? Until advised differently, wearing masks, observing social distancing and washing hands must continue…these have been proven to be effective in the prevention of disease prevention.
I hope this information has helped, and that soon, there will be vaccine for all!