BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved another COVID-19 vaccine option for adults 18 and older.

Novavax is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine that can serve as another primary vaccination option for adults of the eligible age, which has been authorized and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana citizens now have four options for the COVID-19 vaccine. Novavax is different than the traditional vaccine, It is a protein-based shot. Protein-based shots have been used for decades to fight major diseases.

“We welcome this news from CDC. Now, residents have even more options to keep themselves and their families safe against severe complications from COVID-19, which continues to surge in Louisiana,” said State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter. “If you have been waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine built on a different technology than those previously available, now is the time to join the millions of Louisianans who have been vaccinated.”

LDH has alerted all healthcare providers that this guidance is effective immediately, and they can start ordering the vaccine. The Novavax will be available within the upcoming weeks, says LDH.

If you have questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine options, call the Louisiana COVID-19 Support Hotline at 1-855-453-0774. For a list of vaccination locations near you, click here.