LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - South Cameron Memorial Hospital received its first shipment of the new Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today.
Distribution of the roughly 100 doses will begin on Jan.13.
The vaccine will be rolled out in a tiered distribution system. Those falling under Tier 1 - such as medical students, people over the age of 70, and residents of nursing homes - will be the first to qualify for the vaccine and must schedule an appointment with the hospital.
Leslie Trahan, CEO of South Cameron Memorial Hospital, says once you’re scheduled for your vaccine, a physician will contact you when it’s time to get your vaccine.
“It’s not a first-come, first-serve,” Trahan said. “You get on the waiting list, you will be contacted by one of our physicians, and pre-screening done, and whenever you’re scheduled to come in for your vaccine, then you can come down.”
According to Danielle Rushing, a physician at South Cameron Memorial Hospital, the pre-screening process is done to ensure the vaccine is given properly.
“What you want to look for is anyone who’s had COVID within the past three months,” Rushing said. “If they’ve been given the monoclonal antibodies treatment, they have to wait three months before they get vaccinated because that monoclonal antibody treatment will kind of negate the vaccine.”
The vaccine distribution is not limited to Cameron Parish. Anyone who meets the state’s criteria for the vaccine will be able to receive it from South Cameron Memorial.
If you are interested in getting on the waitlist at South Cameron Memorial, you can call 337-605-0531.