Mitchell’s Pharmacy, located at 202 East Main in Jonesboro, has been selected as the initial site in Jackson Parish to receive the initial COVID vaccination shots that were distributed across the state earlier this week.
Per immunization guidelines handed down by the Louisiana Department of Health and echoed by Governor Jon Bel Edwards in his statewide address this past Thursday the limited doses of the Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are currently available only to Phase 1B, Tier One, eligible applicants. Appointments, which are required, can be made by calling 318-259-7466.
Those eligible to receive vaccinations are:
People who are 70 years of age and above
Home health services patients and staff
Ambulatory/outpatient health care personnel
Residents, students and staff of schools of allied health
People being treated for end stage renal disease (patients on dialysis).
“Obviously, this is great news because we really need to get as many Louisianans vaccinated as quickly as possible because that is the way that we ultimately put this pandemic behind us,” said Edwards.
The Governor also said no one in the state has had a significant adverse reaction to any of the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccines and that both of the vaccines currently being distributed require two shots. Those who receive it are not considered vaccinated until they receive the second dose.
Also noted was that no one in the state has had a significant adverse reaction to any of the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccines and to be reminded that both of the vaccines currently being distributed require two shots. The application of the vaccine is not determined to be complete until both doses are received. An additional request was that patience be exhibited and a pledge of when more doses of the vaccine become available, additional administering locations will also be added in each parish to help speed up the process.
“As soon as we get more doses of the vaccine, we will add more sites in each parish to be able to go to speed things up,” finalized Edwards. “Hopefully soon we will begin giving shots to those who will be included in Phase 1B, Tier 2,” continued Edwards. “This will include teachers, grocery store workers and other essential workers that keep the state functioning. When exactly that will be is still undetermined but I feel it is important to let our residents know that we are moving as fast as possible.”