LDH: 209 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

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A health care worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, during a free community clinic offered by Hidalgo County in the town of Mercedes. (Courtesy Photo)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — All 64 Louisiana parishes will have limited doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

A total of 209 vaccine providers across the state will receive the doses.

These 209 providers – including 87 chain pharmacies, 93 independent pharmacies, 20 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and nine health care sites – represent all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

This is an increase of 102 providers that eligible residents can access since last week, according to LDH.

While the state was able to resupply the initial 107 pharmacies that received COVID-19 vaccine doses last week, the health department said future distribution is dependent on vaccine made available to the state, among other factors.

These vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier 1:

• Persons ages 70 years or older

• Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff

• Urgent care clinic providers and staff

• Community care clinic providers and staff

• Behavioral health clinic providers and staff

• Dialysis providers and clients

• Home health service providers, direct support workers and recipients

• Dental providers and staff

• Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools

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

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.

Eligible residents must contact a participating provider and make an appointment with them. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated, according to LDH.

LDH urges people not to arrive at a location without an appointment.

LDH cannot make appointments for patients; only providers can.

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,” said LDH in a statement. “We are confident that COVID-19 vaccines will be a critical tool in ultimately ending the pandemic.”

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