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Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available to Adults at Increased Risk
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for adults at increased risk, following new guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ochsner LSU Health is now administering Pfizer booster shots to individuals at our regularly scheduled vaccination events across the state. Click here for vaccine locations.
Ochsner LSU Health is now administering an additional, or third, COVID-19 vaccine for those who meet certain criteria for immunocompromised individuals as laid out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).
A third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is approved for people with medical conditions or people receiving treatments that are associated with moderate to severe immune compromise.
Please talk with your healthcare provider about your medical condition to see if getting an additional dose is appropriate for you.
Criteria are as follows:
If you qualify as an immunocompromised individual, please schedule your third vaccine appointment today on MyChart where you will be able to see the locations most convenient to you.
If you originally received the Pfizer vaccine, your third dose should be Pfizer. If you originally received the Moderna vaccine, your third dose should be Moderna. At this time, CDC and FDA have not authorized additional shots for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We will need additional data to determine if additional shots are needed for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Please note you must download the latest version of the MyChart app to see the QR codes. In t and If received your COVID-19 vaccination at Ochsner, you can display a QR code in the MyChart/MyOchsner app on your phone that you can use to show your vaccination status. Log in to the app, go to the menu at the top of the page, click on “COVID-19’’ under “My Record,’’ and click on the green button at the bottom of the page that says “QR codes.’’
In accordance with Louisiana's mask mandate, Ochsner LSU Health still requires the use of masks at all hospitals and clinics.
Three COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) are currently available. The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval in August and is available to anyone ages 12 years or older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are under FDA Emergency Authorization Use (EUA) and available for anyone ages 18 years or older.
Ochsner Health and Ochsner LSU Health will only recommend and administer vaccines that the Food and Drug Administration has certified as safe and effective for all patients and employees, including our most vulnerable populations. The benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks of forgoing immunization. All three vaccines have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective in preventing serious disease. Consent by a parent or guardian is required for anyone under 18. Consent can be provided through MyChart, during ePreCheck, through a witnessed legal consent form, or in person at a vaccination location.
Appointments are encouraged and walk-ups are welcome.
MyChart users can check availability and schedule their vaccinations via MyChart. If you have never been to an Ochsner location before and do not have a MyChart account, you can sign up at my.ochsner.org/lsu, or call 318-626-0050 for Shreveport locations and 318-330-7599 for Monroe.
Get the latest schedule of vaccination events.
We appreciate your willingness to be part of the solution as we work together to end this pandemic.
Anyone age 18 years or older is eligible for all COVID-19 vaccines and anyone who 12 years or older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine in Louisiana.
Adolescent patients under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian present when being immunized.
Following guidelines from the FDA, no one is excluded from receiving the vaccine, even patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The only medical contraindications to receiving this vaccine are severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or severe allergic reaction to components of this vaccine.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine both strongly recommend vaccination for those that are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
In fact, pregnant and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared with non-pregnant people. Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, or illness that results in death.
Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.