Blue Cross urges Louisianans to take COVID-19 vaccine, booster

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- State health officials have identified the first case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron virus variant in Louisiana. International health officials identified the Omicron variant last month, and it is classified as a “variant of concern.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and medical scientists around the world are studying whether Omicron is more contagious and spreads more easily than earlier strains of COVID-19. 

It is advised that the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is for all Louisianans age 5 and up to take the vaccine and for everyone eighteen and older to take the booster shot. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana covers COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots at no charge for eligible members. This no-cost coverage is required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. If you have questions about vaccine coverage on your health plan, contact Customer Service at the number on your member ID card.

“We need to pay attention to Omicron, but most of the COVID-19 cases in the United States right now are caused by the Delta variant, which we already know is more contagious and affects younger, otherwise healthy people more easily than earlier forms of the virus,” said Blue Cross Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Wigginton. “Now is the time to sleeve up and get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot. The vaccines are safe and effective at preventing death, hospitalization and severe illness. And the booster shot enhances protection from your original vaccine so your immune system stays ready to recognize and fight off the virus.” 

Winter months are the peak season for respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, flu and colds to spread, so Louisianians should get their shots now to have the best protection possible, Dr. Wigginton said.  

Free Rides to Your COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is sponsoring free ride programs for COVID-19 vaccine and booster appointments statewide. Many community organizations offer similar programs. If you do not have a vehicle, are unable to drive or have other barriers to getting your COVID-19 vaccine, call 211 to get connected to programs in your area. 

You can call the State of Louisiana’s Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 for help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot appointment. The hotline staff can help you find vaccine locations near you or connect you with clinicians who can answer your vaccine questions. Or, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website to see a list of vaccine locations. 

Visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana YouTube channel to see short videos on the COVID-19 vaccines and other health topics. Subscribe to know when new videos are added. You can connect with Blue Cross on social media for regular updates. Blue Cross posts regularly on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok. 

For information on what Blue Cross is doing in response to COVID-19, visit www.bcbsla.com/covid19

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