LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Southwest Louisiana Office of Public Health is opening a vaccine clinic today, March 4, and will be available until March 10, in the parking lot of the Civic Center by appointment only.
The clinic will be administering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine with assistance from the Louisiana Army National Guard, and each day they can give out 250 doses.
Vaccines are available to anyone meeting eligible criteria, but the vaccinations are by appointment only. To sign up for the vaccine, click HERE.
The criteria is as follows:
- Hospital personnel
- Nursing home and long-term care provider residents and staff
- Frontline responders to serve as vaccinators (EMS, law enforcement and fire personnel)
Phase 1B, Tier 1
- Persons 65 and older
- Dialysis providers and patients
- Ambulatory and outpatient providers and staff
- Behavioral health providers and staff
- Urgent care clinic providers and staff
- Community care providers and staff
- Dental providers and staff
- Non-emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) providers and staff
- Professional home care providers (including hospice workers) and home care recipients (including older and younger people with disabilities over the age of 16 who receive community or home-based care, as well as clients of home health agencies)
- American Sign Language (ASL) and foreign language interpreters and Support Service Providers (SSPs) working in community and clinic-based settings, and clients who are both deaf and blind
- Health-related support personnel (lab staff, mortuary staff who have contact with corpses, pharmacy staff)
- Schools of allied health students, residents and staff
- Law enforcement and other first responders
- Louisiana Unified Command Group
- State and local essential COVID emergency response personnel
- Some elections staff ahead of March and April elections
- Teachers and any other support staff working on site in K-12 or daycare
- All pregnant persons
- Individuals ages 55-64 with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDC as placing them at an “increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.” Persons with the following qualifying underlying medical conditions are advised to complete the Louisiana COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form, before their appointment, to receive the vaccine:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30kg/m2 or higher but less than 40kg/m2)
- Severe obesity (BMI greater than 40kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Dr. Lacy Cavanaugh is looking forward to the future as more vaccines roll-out through SWLA.
“I think that every dose of any of the products of the vaccine that get out into the community means that we are one step closer, one person closer to resuming some sense of normalcy and our battle against this horrible virus.”
Additional dates will be announced as more vaccines become available, and a full list of eligibility criteria can be found HERE.