COVID-19 Vaccines in New Orleans
The vaccine is our chance to save lives, keep our families safe, save our local businesses, and help us get back to normal.
The New Orleans Health Department is working closely with federal, state and local partners to begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Let’s all do our part– #SleevesUpNola!
What you need to know:
Vaccines stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies. Antibodies are the cells in your body that fight infections and either keep you from getting sick or help you recover from being sick. So, unlike medications that help you get better, vaccines can actually prevent you from getting sick in the first place by training your body to fight COVID before it’s even been exposed to it.
Currently there are two vaccines that have been approved the US Federal Drug Administration, as well as health experts around the world. The first is from Pfizer, it requires 2 shots to be given 21 days apart. The second is from Moderna and requires 2 shots to be given 28 days apart.
Yes! The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through all of the same steps and met the same standards that are used for developing other vaccines. These other vaccines have effectively eliminated entire diseases from the United States such as the Polio vaccine. The only difference with the COVID-19 vaccine is that all steps were completed at the same time in order to speed up the process. Through the testing process for the vaccines we currently have it was shown that they are over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, with no major side effects or risk. The only minor side effects for the vaccines are pain at the injection site, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, fever and chills. But most of these go away within 24 hours.
How the vaccine is being rolled-out:
|Dec. 2020 Healthcare workers and nursing home residents and workers||Jan. 2021 People 70 years of age and older; essential workers||Early 2021 Essential workers, people over the age of 65, and people with existing medical conditions||Spring/Summer 2021 Widespread availability to the general public, including children and healthy adults|
Where to get it (if you are currently eligible)
To be elligible for the vaccine as of this time you need to meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a healthcare worker or other healthcare provider
- Be a nursing home resident or staff
- Be over 65 years of age and older
If you do not fall into one of these groups you aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine, but will be in future months. Check here for more info and to join the waitlst!
- Pharmacies and Clinics: Select pharmacies and clinics are offering the COVID vaccine BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
- Hospitals: Some local hospitals are offering the COVID vaccine BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. New Orleans East Hospital: Call 504-592-6628 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 504-564-6465 to make an appointment. Other hospital systems: Contact your hospital system to see if appointments are available.
- Long-Term Care Facilities: Care facility staff and residents will receive the vaccine through a federal program pairing pharmacies and care facilities.
This is dependent on where you get the vaccine. However if you go to one of the vaccination sites run by the City of New Orleans, you will not be required to show identification or disclosure of your immigration status.
Police and National Guard may be present but only to help ensure safety of vaccine supplies, manage traffic flow, and assist with the operations of the sites. ICE will not be present at the vaccination sites.
Yes! The vaccine is provided by the government for free regardless if you have health insurance, are a citizen, etc.
No it is not, though getting it will help protect yourself and our community! So far, most employers are not requiring the vaccine however it is legal in Louisiana for an employer to make it mandatory.
Yes, you will still have to wear a mask for a while longer. Until the majority of New Orleanians get the vaccine, the city cannot open more fully and end the mask mandate.
Yes! The natural immunity from you get from having COVID does not last long. It’s important to get the vaccine to ensure you STAY immune.