SHREVEPORT, La. -- Louisiana continues to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution, with more Shreveport-area facilities now offering the vaccine to those who are eligible. David Raines Community Health Centers will start vaccinating more people over the age of 70 on Thursday. Then on Monday, LSU Health Shreveport will have vaccinations available -- also by appointment.
"We are trying to help everyone in the community as much as possible as we can, but it is by appointment only," said Sue Walters, the regional clinic manager who oversees David Raines' Shreveport North and Shreveport West centers.
Walters called David Raines Community Centers "lucky" to get a supply of the vaccine, and as soon as they started accepting appointments they've been busy. There are six David Raines Community Health Centers and five school-based health centers in Caddo, Bossier, Webster, and Claiborne parishes. For now, the vaccines will only be available at their main location, at 1625 David Raines Drive in Shreveport.
Appointments are being booked for Thursday, Jan. 7; Friday, Jan. 8; and Saturday, Jan. 8. Depending on supply, more appointments may be available next week. In the interest of safety, Walters says their supply of the vaccine is being kept under lock and key. Given the interest they've received, they're keeping a close eye on supply so they don't overbook.
"We're trying to distribute as much as we can," said Walters. "When you get the injection, you also have to come back in 28 days to receive the second shot. So we've got enough to do the first round and the second round."
Walters didn't say how many people will be able to get the vaccine from their first shipment. Anyone who gets the first shot will be put on the schedule for their second shot before they leave the clinic. The date and time of the second appointment will also be handed to them on a card.
To set up your first appointment, call 318-227-3354. It's not a 24-hour service line, but Walters says someone will be able to talk during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You do not have to be a regular patient of David Raines Community Health Centers to make an appointment, but right now, Walters says they're following CDC guidelines and only accepting people over age 70.
“Senior citizens across our nation have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. As a healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana, David Raines Community Health Centers has made it a top priority to protect our senior citizens by providing them with access to vaccinations,” said Willie C. White III, David Raines Community Health Centers CEO.
The only difference is the David Raines centers are giving the Moderna vaccination and LSU Health, the Pfizer vaccination.
Seniors interested in getting the vaccination from LSU Health Shreveport must pre-register at https://redcap.link/LSU-PUBLIC-VACCINE-SURVEY or at www.lsuhs.edu. Pre-registration is required and essential to minimizing wait time.
Everyone seeking to get the vaccine at LSU Health Shreveport should bring their ID and insurance information even though they are pre-registered, wear a mask and wear clothing with easy access to upper arm where vaccine will be administered. Individuals will remain in car to receive vaccine allowing for safest interaction between those receiving and giving vaccine.
LSU Health will give the shots starting Monday at Fairground Field located at 3701 Hudson. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.