400+ shots given at federal COVID-19 vaccine center in Baton Rouge


BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Progress is being made at the federal COVID-19 Community Vaccine Center in Baton Rouge despite some challenges.

“The first three days were a little rainy. In your traditional Louisiana weather, you don’t know what you’re gonna receive,” said Courtney Scott, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in the Office of the Mayor-President.

For the next eight weeks, anyone 16 or older can show up at the old Bon Carre Mall and get a Pfizer COVID-19 shot.

“If you do not have an ID, that is not a barrier that will stop you. Also, a lot of folks think that they have to have appointments. We do have a walk-up site. We learned a lot of that information so we now have printed registration forms to allow people to just be able to walk-up, register on-site and be able to move forward,” said Scott.

Scott said more than 400 shots have been given since Friday. Right now, around 30 percent of the City-Parish is fully vaccinated. The goal of the site is to increase that to 50 percent. Transportation is also be provided to and from the site, to give everyone access to the vaccine.

“We need people who have become fully vaccinated to now become ambassadors of why this needs to happen. Each one, teach one. Each one, share one. Give the education. Share your why because there’s people out there that need that same understanding. We gotta make sure we keep it human,” said Scott.

You can get more information about the vaccine center here.

If you have a group that needs more information about the vaccine, send an email to covidoutreach@brla.gov

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