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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. Of course, we will administer second doses to those who have already received a first dose from BHS. If you have pre-registered before 4:00 p.m. on March 17th, we will honor your registration.

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

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.