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.
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?
What is the risk of COVID-19 for children?
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.