BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. The CDC’s recommendation only applies to people who received their series of Pfizer vaccines at least six months ago.
- 65 years of age and older
- 18 years of age and older with an underlying medical conditions OR
- 18 years of age and older in a setting that places you at risk of exposure
Booster vaccines were a success at the Ochsner vaccine site on South Harrells Ferry Road.
“This morning our schedule only had 50 something patients and we’re already over 200 patients,” said Ochsner Director of Population Health Charlene Ho.
Sheridan Wilks got her booster on Monday at Ochsner. She says she was anticipating this day.
“I am fortunate to be able to be here. It gives you a sense of confidence in getting out,” she said.
Nurse Charlene Ho says most of her patients on Monday were healthcare workers and educators.
“Before the criteria was expanded I had a lot of patients and a lot of employees reach out asking when could they get their third dose,” said Ho.
Louisiana Department of Health officials says vaccine protection can weaken, making a booster necessary. Dr. Davis at Redstick Primary Care says her elderly patients were concerned for just that.
“They’re relieved that they have the extra coverage so that hopefully they don’t get the delta variant, that is possible for even those who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Rebecca Davis from Redstick Primary Care.
All you have to do is show proof of your age to receive the shot. If you’re unsure if you qualify, it is recommended to reach out to your doctor or call the COVID-19 vaccine hotline.