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Baton Rouge COVID-19 vaccination event on November 21 with fun for all the family

The Louisiana Department of Health has teamed up with the La Capitale and Baton Rouge departments of The Links, Incorporated and other community partners to host a free, family-friendly COVID-19 vaccination event this Sunday, November 21 from noon to 4 p.m. in Quarters. -Endless Entertainment, 4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Families can visit here or call the Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to register for the event.

Participating adults and children ages 5 to 17 can get free COVID-19 vaccinations and a chance to receive a Shot for $100 Visa debit card for #SleevesUp (first doses only) before the rewards program ends on November 30. The event will also feature activities for all the family, including live music, free food, a photo booth, door prizes and an hour of free play at Quarters.

As with adult vaccine studies, the vaccine is nearly 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5-11. Community-based vaccination events make vaccines more widely accessible and remain an important part of the fight against COVID-19 in Louisiana.

Currently, the CDC reports that more than 48% of Louisiana residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID and that nearly 53%, approximately 2.5 million people, have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, more than 118,000 children in Louisiana have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and how do I have my child vaccinated?

For a person under the age of 18, parental/guardian consent is required to receive the injection. LDH has developed a consent form which can be found on its website at ldh.la.gov/kidsvax.

Families should contact their local vaccine provider to confirm they have the COVID-19 vaccine for children. Families can call 211 or the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 with general questions or to find a vaccination site near them. Families can also visit the federal vaccine finder on Vaccines.gov to find a local pediatric vaccine provider.

What is the risk of COVID-19 for children?

COVID-19 cases in children can lead to hospitalizations, deaths, MIS-C (Children Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome), and long-term complications such as ‘prolonged COVID’, where symptoms can last for months. The spread of the Delta variant resulted in a wave of COVID-19 cases in children over the summer. Over a six-week period from late June to mid-August, hospitalizations with COVID-19 among children and adolescents increased fivefold.

Why should you consider getting your child vaccinated?

Vaccination, along with other preventive measures, can protect children from COVID-19 using the safe and effective vaccines already recommended for use in adolescents and adults in the United States. The most common side effect was a sore arm.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in US history. Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and thereby reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization or developing long-term COVID-19 complications.

Getting your children vaccinated can protect them from COVID-19 and reduce disruptions to personal learning and activities by curbing community transmission.

What if you have more questions?

Families can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to locate a provider in their area and to speak with medical professionals with clinical experience who can help answer their questions.

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