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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 vaccine!

At this time we have redirected our efforts to be an educational resource in the community and a state-approved vaccine distribution hub for rural areas in our region. We will no longer have the opportunity to be a community-wide vaccine provider.

We encourage you to visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website for a list of current vaccine provider locations in Beauregard Parish and surrounding areas.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

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 long does protection from COVID-19 last?

Scientist are continuing to monitor how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts. Recent studies show that protection against the virus may decrease over time. This reduction in protection has led CDC to recommend that everyone ages 12 years and older get a booster shot after completing their primary vaccination series.

Those who received the Pfizer-BioTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series should get a booster shot at least 5 months after completing the primary series. People who received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot at least two months after getting their first shot.

At this time, the CDC recommends getting only one COVID-19 booster shot. CDC continues to review evidence and will update guidance as more information is available.

Do I need a booster? How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will I need to get?

  • The number of vaccine doses you need depends on which vaccine you receive.
  • Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
  • Two doses of Moderna vaccine should be given 4 weeks (28 days) apart.
  • Only one dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine should be given.

If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable for your COVID-19 vaccine primary series. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for your first shot, you should get the same product for your second shot.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, am I protected by natural immunity, or do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. Getting sick with COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called "natural immunity." The level of protection people get from having COVID-19 may vary depending on how mild or severe their illness was, the time since their infection, and their age. No currently available test can reliably determine if a person is protected from infection.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in those who have already been sick with COVID-19.

Emerging evidence shows that getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infections provides added protection from your immune system. One study showed that for those who already had COVID-19, those who do not get vaccinated after their recovery are more than two times as likely to get COVID-19 again than those who get fully vaccinated after their recovery.

People who were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or those who have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C) may need to wait a while after recovering before they can get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.