Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

Go to vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you. You can also find more information on your state's Department of Health website

 

Vaccination Eligibility 

Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, the State of Louisiana has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccines to include everyone over 18 years old for the Moderna vaccine. Anyone over 12 years old may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Vaccination Locations

Enrolled providers, pharmacies, and community events are administering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only. Vaccines currently being administered are from Pfizer and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna are two-dose vaccines. Both vaccines are being administered under and Emergency Use Authorization via the FDA and are considered safe.

Eligible individuals must contact a participating location and make an appointment at the location. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for residents; only participating locations can.

Individuals receiving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will schedule their second dose during their first dose vaccination appointment. Second doses are given at the same location where a person receives their first dose.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients will not require a second appointment.

View vaccination locations in Louisiana.

 

Transportation

If you or a loved one are having difficulties finding transportation to receive a vaccine, Lyft has partnered with the federal government and other agencies to provide rides for eligible persons. Click here to find out more information. 

Vaccine FAQs

How do the vaccines work?

 

All of the vaccines available have been approved by the FDA for emergency access and are 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

How do the vaccines work?

Unlike many vaccines, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a dead or a weakened virus that triggers an immune response. Instead, these vaccines contain a genetic instruction manual that tells your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the actual virus.

The technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is not new. It is called mRNA, or messenger RNA, and it has been around for decades. This is the first time mRNA has been used in a vaccine, but the effect is the same as other vaccines: Your body gets protection without the serious consequences of a severe illness due to COVID-19 exposure.

The J&J vaccine works like many vaccines you are already familiar with. It uses an adenovirus vector, (in this case, a harmless cold virus) that carries the blueprint for the spike proteins on the virus’s surface. This virus works like a Trojan horse, infecting cells and replicating the coronavirus spikes. If you later become infected with the coronavirus, these replicated spikes are how your immune system recognizes and knows how to fight the real thing.

Are the vaccines safe? What does FDA authorization mean?

Vaccines are authorized for use by the FDA, meaning clinical trials have proven the vaccines as a safe and effective defense against COVID-19. The FDA and ACIP will continue to monitor safety and effectiveness data.

No steps were skipped during the clinical trials and data review process for COVID-19 vaccines. Safety is a top priority. The COVID vaccines are being held to the same standards as other vaccines to make sure they are safe.

On-Campus Testing

Relief TeleMed Testing will be on campus in the FIT every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 pm to 9 pm.

Relief TeleMed testing is free with most insurance plans. Please check with your insurance provider to ensure you are covered. You can also email support@relieftelemed.com with any questions about the testing service.

This testing is available to the Centenary community only. There is no appointment needed, but you must pre-register here. 

 

Local Urgent Care COVID testing options

These facilities take health insurance or they have options for self-pay. For information, contact each facility directly for details.

WK Quick Care - Walk-ins accepted, no symptoms needed to receive a test. Have the rapid test*. Locations are here.

Christus Velocity Care - Have a 30-minute PCR test. Contact information can be found here.

Ochsner Urgent Care Centers - only testing if you have symptoms or have been exposed. Locations/Contact information here.

First Care Bossier - only testing if you have symptoms or have been exposed. Have limited availability of the rapid test*. Locations/Contact information here

 

Local Retail Pharmacies offer testing

CVS: schedule here.

Walgreens: schedule here

 

 

*Please note CDC guidance on rapid COVID testing.
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