BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge General will vaccinate its first round of teachers for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine was expanded starting Monday, Feb. 22 to include K-12 teachers and daycare workers, among other new groups.
Teachers from St. James Episcopal and St. Luke’s Episcopal will be the first group of educators to come through BRG’s vaccine clinic after school hours, from 4-6 p.m.
On Thursday, educators from the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge will be vaccinated. Baton Rouge General is working with other local schools to set up additional vaccine events in the near future, as supply allows.
“Our main goal is to get as many shots into as many arms as quickly as possible,” said Raneesha Ford, Director of Pharmacy Services at Baton Rouge General.
The hospital system plans to give at least 250 doses of the vaccine to teachers this week, while getting an increase of supply from the state to knock down a waiting list filled with thousands of names.
“So we will be able to move some of the those individuals off of our wait list and get them vaccinated and that’s the key, to get that wait list down to zero,” said Ford.
Some 1,300 teachers and staff in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools are expected to get a vaccine through Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Centers in Schools.
Livingston Parish teachers are asked to sign up with a pharmacy closest to them.
“Ask plenty of questions. Get all the answers that you need so you can make an educated decision as we try to protect our community so we are able to move forward and enjoy the parts of life that we’ve missed out on over the past year,” said Ford.
Anyone eligible for the vaccine can call 763-4500 to book an available appointment or request to be added to the standby list online.
EBRPSS employees who wish to receive the vaccination can request a vaccine appointment.
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