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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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. Currently, vaccinations are available for:

  • 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”
    • Cancer
    • 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
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

* Effective Monday, February 22nd

If you meet any of the criteria above, please click below to pre-register to receive the vaccine.

Pre-Register Now

If you do not meet any of the criteria above, we encourage you to monitor the Louisiana Department of Health's website, follow Beauregard Health System on Facebook, monitor local media or click here to sign up for vaccine eligibility email updates.

Community Resources

It takes all of us! If someone you know needs assistance pre-registering online, we encourage you to complete the form with them or direct them to any of the resources below:

  • All Beauregard Parish Library branches are offering free computer and internet access for vaccine pre-registration. Branches are located in DeRidder, Singer, Merryville, South Beauregard and Fields. Please visit www.library.beau.org for operating hours.
  • BHS Pre-Registration Hotline (337-462-8554) is available for assistance completing the pre-registration over the phone, if an individual does not have computer/internet access. The hotline is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • The Council on Aging is able to provide some support to persons over 60 years old, who need assistance getting to their confirmed vaccination appointment. Please call 337-463-9694 for more information.
  • Louisiana Transit can provide transportation to vaccination appointments for a fee. Please call them directly for scheduling and pricing at 337-463-4389.
  • Your church may also be able to help you with transportation.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pre-register to receive the vaccine?

If you meet any of the criteria listed above, you can click below to pre-register.

Pre-Register Now

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine right now?

The first round of vaccines in Louisiana (Phase 1A) is being given to healthcare workers at Tier 1 and Tier 2 hospitals, staff and residents of nursing homes and long-term-care facilities, and frontline responders to serve as vaccinators (Emergency Medical Services, fire personnel and law enforcement).

The vaccine is also available in a very limited amount to any and all of the following groups:

  • 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”
    • Cancer
    • 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
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

When can the general public receive the vaccine?

The Louisiana Department of Health is following prioritization guidance from ACIP, which recently came out with refined guidance about Phases 1B and 2. The Louisiana Department of Health continues to review and consider how best to apply this guidance to Louisiana. This is a fluid process, and allocation may evolve depending on the amount of vaccine that is ultimately available to Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health is committed to the equitable distribution and administration of vaccines.

The vaccine is likely to become more widely available for the general population in late spring/summer 2021. When this happens, having a large portion of the population vaccinated is our best shot at a return to some form of normalcy. Based on conversations with our federal partners, we are encouraged that Louisiana will receive enough doses to vaccinate everyone who wants a shot.

How is it determined who gets the vaccine?

Everyone in Louisiana will have the opportunity to get vaccinated. The state is looking to the prioritization guidance from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and then tailoring that guidance to Louisiana’s context and needs.

Can I receive the vaccine if I have severe allergic reactions or carry an EpiPen?

Please talk to your primary care physician for advice on when or if you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why are the vaccines so important?

COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 7,600 Louisianans died from COVID in 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.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

Unlike many vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine does not contain a dead or a weakened virus that triggers an immune response. Instead, the COVID-19 vaccine contains a genetic instruction manual that tells your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the actual virus.

The technology used in the vaccines is not new. It is called mRNA, or messenger RNA, and it has been around for decades. This is the first time mRNA has been used in a vaccine, but the effect is the same as other vaccines: Your body gets protection without the serious consequences of a severe illness due to COVID-19 exposure.

Are the vaccines safe? What does FDA approval mean?

Vaccines are approved for use by the FDA. The FDA authorization means that trials have proven the vaccine as a safe and effective defense against COVID-19. The FDA and ACIP will continue to monitor safety and effectiveness data.

No steps were skipped during the clinical trials and data review process for COVID-19 vaccines. Safety is a top priority. The COVID vaccines are being held to the same standards as other vaccines to make sure they are safe.