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Community Outreach COVID vaccine clinics opening in Pineville and Alexandria

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 11:13 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 4:30 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - (UPDATE as of 3/9/21): As more people are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, more places are opening up as vaccine sites.

On Tuesday, the Alexandria vaccine clinic located at 315 Bolton Avenue opened from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to get people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

Cabrini Health System President Monte Wilson and Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall say their goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible here in Cenla.

“It’s very safe and you can see millions have already taken that, I already received the vaccine, so again, we just encourage everyone to be able to come out and get the vaccine,” said Wilson.

The next clinic will take place at the Main Street Community Center in Pineville Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Cabrini is also hosting a prayer service in their parking lot Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CHRISTUS) - CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System announced a partnership with the City of Alexandria, the City of Pineville and Rapides Regional Medical Center to open two new Community Outreach COVID vaccine clinics this week. These clinics are in addition to the hundreds of vaccinations Cabrini has been donating to the Central Louisiana Department of Health for several weeks.

“As a leader in health care, we feel a tremendous responsibility to make this valuable vaccine resource available to the communities we serve in an easy and convenient setting close to home so we can reach as many people as quickly as possible,” said Monte Wilson, president, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System. “Our partnership with the Cities of Alexandria and Pineville, and Rapides Regional Medical Center speaks loudly to the importance of the vaccine’s ability to save lives.”

The Community Outreach COVID vaccine clinics are located at the Main Street Community Center in Pineville and the Bolton Avenue Community Center in Alexandria.

Below are the available dates and times for scheduling appointments:

Main Street Community Center | 708 Main Street, Pineville

  • 3/4/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 3/11/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 3/25/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 4/1/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Bolton Avenue Community Center | 315 Bolton Avenue, Alexandria

  • 3/9/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 3/16/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 3/30/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • 4/6/21-1 p.m.-5 p.m.

“Rapides Regional Medical Center is happy to help provide COVID vaccines to those in our community who have as yet, been unable to receive their vaccinations,” said Jason E. Cobb, chief executive officer, Rapides Regional Medical Center. “It is our hope that our community will take advantage of this opportunity and help us bring an end to this pandemic. We know the vaccine works. And the more accessible the vaccine is, the better it is for all of us.”

Vaccines are given by appointment only and can be made by using the CHRISTUS chat bot, Christy online at https://vaccinate.christushealth.org/louisiana. When connecting with Christy, individuals are prompted to answer a few screening questions to determine eligibility, the nearest vaccine clinic location and to schedule an appointment. Registration is required to confirm an appointment.

For those who don’t have the ability to register online, appointments can also be scheduled by calling 877.335.5746.

Anyone who schedules an appointment to receive a COVID vaccine, dose #1 and dose #2 are reserved at that time. Per LDH guidelines, individuals are required to get their second dose 21 days after their first dose.

As of today, The COVID vaccine rollout in Louisiana has expanded to include people age 65+, law enforcement, first responders and emergency response personnel, and teachers and school staff. Individuals ages 55-64 with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDC as placing them at an “increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19” can receive a vaccine after completing a Louisiana COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form. The complete list of eligibility criteria can be accessed online at https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine/.

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