The mass vaccination site at the Ernest N. Morial Conference Center will begin vaccination on Wednesday to prepare officials to increase supply and provide residents of the area with another way to receive coronavirus vaccines.
LCMC Health officials said that about 700 people will receive injections at the facility on Wednesday. The company will operate a federally funded facility with the New Orleans Department of Health and the state.
It is expected that LCMC will, like other healthcare providers in Louisiana, provide more vaccines on-site on Thursday and Friday to receive a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We will start tomorrow and enter Thursday and weekends,”
Vaccines will be provided to eligible residents who are required to be vaccinated through LCMC or the municipal health department. To avoid causing long distances that plague similar large-scale driving locations in other parts of the country, first-come, first-served routes require appointments.
On Wednesday, people who have been selected from the waiting list will be vaccinated. Those who wish to register for an appointment can start dating at 7 am on Wednesday.
The opening ceremony began a week after LCMC officials first announced that they would use the convention center building to vaccinate a large number of residents. They said the plan started with hundreds of doses per day and then increased to thousands as more supplies arrived.
Since the introduction of the vaccine in the United States in December, most people who are eligible for vaccination in Louisiana have been vaccinated through a team of pharmacies, clinics and hospitals.
But in recent weeks, hospital operators and local officials have been speeding up plans for large facilities that will eventually serve thousands of people every day.
Ochsner Health said it will hold a “drive-speed” vaccination campaign at the airline shrine on Thursday and plans to inject 2,000 Pfizer vaccines. Half of the dose will be used for patients who received the first dose in a through train event a month ago, and the rest will be used for eligible residents who can make an appointment through Ochsner.
Jefferson Parish said that there will also be a through train event at the Alario Center on Thursday, which also requires reservations.
According to data from the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 657,000 Louisiana residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while nearly 370,000 people have received both vaccines.
Elder said that since December last year, LCMC has distributed more than 60,000 vaccines under the Pfizer or Moderna brands. These vaccines need to be refrigerated or transported and must be taken in two doses several weeks apart.
However, like other hospitals in this state, Johnson & Johnson will also be vaccinated this week. The vaccine requires normal refrigeration temperature and can be taken as a single dose.
In clinical trials in the United States, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has an effective rate of 72% in preventing moderate to severe coronavirus cases, but an effective rate of 100% in preventing deaths. At the same time, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more than 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 symptoms.
The person in charge of health said that any vaccine provided by LCMC will be provided to residents. Elder praised Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine as an effective way to prevent people from dying from the virus and ultimately achieve herd immunity.
He said: “It keeps them away from the hospital and also saves them from death.” “We cannot underestimate the importance of getting people into the clinic to vaccinate them.”
For the press conference held at the convention center this week, LCMC used a waiting list of qualified recipients compiled by the municipal health department and its own hospital. Only people 65 years of age or older, people with certain health conditions, K-12 or daycare teachers, pregnant women and certain other groups of people are eligible to use the vaccine.
The hospital operator also worked with the regional transportation authority to identify locations where people can be picked up and transported directly to the convention center to receive their shootings.
LCMC Health Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Ayame Dinkler said there may be two pick-up locations, one in the east of New Orleans and the other in Algiers.
She said residents who can drive to the center for vaccination can park their cars in the F parking lot opposite from Hall J.
A city hall spokesperson said on Tuesday that with the launch of the mass vaccination website, the city will close its own COVID-19 testing site and shift its focus to vaccine management.
Spokesperson Bo Tidwell said that the proving ground managed by the Louisiana National Guard and Correll will continue to provide services to residents.
The city is also looking for volunteers who can help it maintain the city-wide vaccination list, provide assistance at the city’s 311 call center and work at the municipal vaccination sites. So far, about 2,000 people have signed the agreement, but the city hopes to at least double that number.
New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Public Participation Manager Laura Mellem (Laura Mellem) said that workers who sign state assistance are considered emergency responders under state guidance, although there is no guarantee that everyone who signs will receive enough vaccine.
Appointment details and contact information:
To make an appointment with LCMC Health, eligible residents can call 504-290-5200 or visit lcmchealth.org/vaccine online.
To make an appointment with Jefferson Parish, eligible residents can call 504-518-4020 or visit covidvaccinations.jeffparish.net online.
To make an appointment with Ochsner Health, eligible residents can call (844) 888-2772 or use the MyOchsner patient portal online.
For a complete schedule of all public testing sites in New Orleans, please visit https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/calenda.
Staff writers Jeff Adelson and Faimon A. Roberts III contributed to this story.