LDH recommends COVID booster shots for adults ahead of holidays

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is recommending fully-vaccinated residents 18 and older to receive their COVID-19 booster shots ahead of the upcoming holidays.

“By working together, we have made significant progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our state, which is why as we head into the holiday season it is critical that Louisianans get a booster shot as soon as they become eligible in order to protect themselves and their loved ones against the possibility of another surge,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The vaccines are widely available, safe and offer the most effective protection we have against this virus. We want everyone to spend time with their family and friends and to do so as safely as possible.”

According to LDH, the following individuals are now eligible and recommended to receive a booster dose:

  • Anyone 18 and older who completed their two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series 6 or more months ago
  • Anyone 18 and older who received their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago

Louisiana health officials remind residents that they may “mix and match” vaccine types when receiving a booster.

“While our COVID-19 trends are much better than they have been, the virus remains active statewide and that means there is still risk involved when people gather together. We experienced our third surge after last year’s holiday season and we are seeing cases surging across the country as we head into Thanksgiving. With the winter holidays approaching again, we want families to have the opportunity for maximum protection as they celebrate together,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter.

For more information, call Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774, call 211 or go to covidvaccine.la.gov.

LDH said Shot For 100 is available for the remainder of November.

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