St. James Parish Hospital: COVID-19 Vaccine – public information

Published 8:48 am Friday, January 1, 2021

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What agency recommends and determines the order of vaccine allocations when supply is limited?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (made up of nonpolitical, leading public health and medical advisors) is responsible for advising the CDC on population groups and circumstances for vaccine use.


What are the current recommendations?

On December 1, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that health care personnel and long-term care facility residents be offered COVID-19 vaccination first (Phase 1a). On December 20, ACIP updated interim vaccine allocation recommendations. In Phase 1b, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to persons aged ≥75 years and non–health care frontline essential workers, and in Phase 1c, to persons aged 65–74 years, persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included in Phase 1b.


What’s next if I am interested?

At this time, demand for COVID-19 vaccines is expected to exceed supply for the first months of the national COVID-19 vaccination program. Vaccines are not yet available to the public in our area and there are no waiting lists at this time. We will continue to keep our patients—especially those in recommended phases—and community updated as we have more information.Please call the hospital’s COVID Info Line at 225.258.2090 for the latest vaccine information. Information will also be published on social media and on the hospital’s website