COVID-19 Vaccination Information
This information is shared with you at the request of the Louisiana Department of Health.
For more information, visit the LDH COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.
Why are the vaccines so important?
COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 10,000 Louisianans have died from COVID since 2020 — that’s more than the number of deaths caused by accidents, stroke, and diabetes combined in Louisiana in 2017. The vaccines against this virus are a critical tool in ultimately ending the pandemic and getting our lives back to normal.
COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Rewards Programs
Louisiana Department of Health's Shot At A Million Program
The Louisiana Department of Health is offering the chance to win $100,000 every week starting July 9, 2021, and a grand prize of $1,000,000 at the end of the month to all Louisiana residents ages 18 or older who have chosen to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Louisiana residents ages 12 to 17 who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine are eligible to win one of nine $100,000 scholarships. Learn more and enter at https://shotatamillion.com.
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana's Sleeves Up Summer program
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands to All Individuals 18 and Up (12 and Up for Pfizer)
More families have the ability to protect their children and their families and enjoy summer with confidence. Louisianans ages 12 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following the action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formally recommending its use for this age group. Prior to this announcement, the Pfizer vaccine was recommended and authorized for people no younger than 16 years of age.
- Parental/caregiver consent is required. For a person younger than age 18, parental/caregiver consent is needed to get the shot. To make it easy, the Louisiana Department of Health has developed a consent form that can be found on its website at: covidvaccine.la.gov
- The vaccine has now passed the same safety benchmarks for this younger age group as it did for those ages 16 and older. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices overwhelmingly recommended, and the CDC approved, this use of the vaccine, based on clinical trial data that found it to be safe and effective. In clinical trials, the Pfizer vaccine has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in children as young as 12 years old with minimal side effects.
- Families can start making appointments now. The Louisiana Department of Health has alerted vaccine providers that they can begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to people ages 12 and up. This updated guidance goes into effect immediately.
- Families may have questions; that’s understandable. LDH can help get them the answers. If families have questions, we encourage they talk to their child’s pediatrician or another trusted medical professional. If they don’t have access to a medical professional, they can call the Louisiana Department of Health’s COVID vaccine hotline 1-855-453-0774 who can directly connect them.
The State of Louisiana has expanded the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all individuals aged 18 and up (or 12 and up for Pfizer product).
This expansion of eligibility to all individuals meeting the vaccine’s minimum age requirements will supersede all other eligibility classifications and requirements, including the need to provide any documentation or self-attestation demonstrating employment or medical eligibility.
- Getting the COVID vaccine is easy and no cost to the individual. There are currently about 1,500 locations in Louisiana that offer the COVID-19 vaccine. To get your questions answered, find a provider or event near you, or get your appointment scheduled, just call our COVID Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.
Louisiana Department of Health Resources
- COVID-19 Vaccination Information Guide from the LA COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force (PDF)
- COVID Defense -- Louisiana's exposure notification app -- FAQs (PDF)
- COVID Defense -- Louisiana's exposure notification app -- how it works (PDF)
- Bring Back Louisiana Vaccine Hotline: As part of the Louisiana Department of Health's Bring Back Louisiana campaign, a vaccine hotline is now up and running. The number is: 1-855-453-0774. The hotline’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The hotline will help Louisiana residents schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area and connect people with medical professionals who can answer vaccine-related questions.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a new webpage to help patients better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, HHS has released a Patient Fact Sheet in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).