SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health announced Monday that 209 vaccine providers throughout the state will receive “very limited doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Those providers include Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s Ambulatory Care Center Building at 1602 Kings Highway (rear entrance from Linwood Avenue) and St. Mary Medical Center One at St. Mary Place (the Margaret Street entrance).
Chris Mangin, CEO of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary Medical Center, said they have seen a decent amount of people interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s been really, really exciting these past couple of days. Here at the St. Mary location, we did about 300 Thursday, Friday, Saturday. And we have vaccinated at this point, for the entire system, we have vaccinated over 5,000.”
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Jerre Perry was one of several who got their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.
“I’m an old public health nurse and administrator and I believe in all vaccines. Why not get the shot? What have you got to lose?”
Perry calls all the health care workers who have worked on the front line for months now heroes.
She encourages everyone to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them. “Please get it for your sake and for the sake of everyone around you and for everyone that you care about.”
With lots of misinformation on the web, Mangin says to get COVID-19 vaccine information from reputable sources.
“One thing I would like to encourage people to do is to go and research the vaccines,” he said. “What we have seen is physicians and nurses rushing to get this vaccine. They really want it. Not only because of what they have seen in the hospital and the experiences that they’ve had, but they have also researched and looked into it.
“Some of the smartest people in our community are lining up to get this first,” Mangin continued. “If you have concerns or questions about it, look to those leaders and ask questions. I think if those are the smartest people in our community and they are running to get this vaccine, we shouldn’t have hesitancy. Make a good and informed decision instead of listening to what’s out there on social media.”