COVID vaccine is available in Mamou
Louisiana, on Monday, January 4, began receiving the first very limited doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that is available at 107 pharmacies across the state. Only one pharmacy in Evangeline Parish, Reed’s Pharmacy in Mamou, has the vaccines available.
The vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier One:
People who are 70 years of age and above;
Home health services patients and staff;
Ambulatory/outpatient health care personnel;
Residents, students and staff of schools of allied health; and
People being treated for end stage renal disease (patients on dialysis).
Eligible residents must contact a participating pharmacy and make an appointment at the pharmacy. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment.
These 107 pharmacies — 45 chain pharmacies and 62 independent pharmacies — represent 51 parishes and all nine public health regions of the state.
The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.
The goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID.
The day after the vaccine became available, the Department of Health has given guidance to hospitals that any remaining current or future vaccine allotments that exceed hospital uptake can be used for any currently eligible groups.
“We are so encouraged by our residents’ clear demand for the COVID vaccine,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Secretary of LDH. “While demand is clearly outpacing supply, this is just the start. We do anticipate vaccine will become increasingly available in the coming weeks and months, and as it does we will continue to bring additional sites online. For now, 10,700 newly eligible residents will have the opportunity to get vaccinated this week, and that’s progress. Thank you for your patience
“In the meantime, we will continue to work with our hospital partners to make the COVID vaccine increasingly available for their eligible patients and community members,” Dr. Phillips added.
LDH remains in support of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for vaccination. On December 20, 2020, ACIP recommended vaccination for Phase 1A (healthcare personnel and long-term-care facility residents). ACIP also recommended that if vaccine was still available, the 1B priority group should also be offered vaccine. Louisiana’s 1B COVID vaccine priority group includes persons ages 70 years or older; and various outpatient healthcare provider types.
Effective immediately, LDH is encouraging hospitals to begin using any remaining current and future vaccine allotments that exceed hospital uptake to begin vaccinating any and all of the following:
Persons ages 70 years or older in the community,
Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff,
Urgent care clinic providers and staff,
Community care clinic providers and staff,
Behavioral health providers and staff,
Dialysis center providers, staff and clients (if not already being vaccinated by their dialysis centers),
Home health service providers and recipients,
Dental providers and staff, and
Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools (if not already receiving vaccine or in a plan to receive from their respective schools).
For more information on the vaccine, visit https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine/.