Local leaders and health officials initiating federal COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is encouraging everyone still hesitant to get a shot to come out to the capital city’s new mass vaccination site.

“We have the power to make transformative change in our community,” Mayor Broome said. “This is our shot, no pun intended, to bring back Baton Rouge.”

The Bon Carré Business Center will be a hub for COVID-19 vaccinations, and it will be open for eight weeks. According to Dr. Kanter and Mayor Broome, Pfizer will be given. 3,000 people can get vaccinated per day, and walk-ups are acceptable.

According to the mayor’s office, “the federal COVID-19 Community Vaccine Center in Baton Rouge will begin operations Friday April 16.”

Residents can visit brla.gov/getvaccinated to make a scheduled appointment or call the COVID-19 hotline. Residents can call 1-855-453-0774 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Louisiana Department of Health’s Dr. Joe Kanter says this is a critical tool in our fight to end the pandemic.

“This is our opportunity not only to protect yourself, protect your loved ones but bring back the life that we have had to put aside for the past year,” Dr. Kanter said.

More than a million people in Louisiana have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease. Officials say they hope this vaccine site can vaccinate millions more.

The city has partnered with Uber and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to provide rides for those in need of the shot.

The site will operate Tuesday through Sunday, with drive-through hours from 8 a.m. To 6 p.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. on Sundays.

According to the U.S. Army, “approximately 140 Marines and Sailors of the I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, California are deployed to Louisiana to support federal vaccination efforts in partnership with the state.”

The business center is set to be a federal mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

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