Monroe Medical Center, the City of Monroe and the Region 8 Louisiana Department of Health will host a mass vaccination event at the Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe, La. The mass vaccination event will take place March 16 and 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be open to eligible residents of Region 8, which includes Jackson Parish. Appointments are required and registration will open on Monday, March 8.
Will I get to choose my vaccine? This event will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, March 16 and the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, March 17. Ochsner LSU Health is committed to vaccine transparency and will provide community members with information about which vaccine will be offered before scheduling. The type of vaccine offered at each location depends on Ochsner LSU Health’s weekly supply and allocation.
Will I need a second dose? The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose, so there is no need for a follow up appointment. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses. Follow up appointments will be made four weeks after the initial dose.
Who can get a vaccine? Anyone included under the current state vaccine guidelines, including but not limited to those who are:
65 and older
K-12 teachers, support staff and daycare personnel
Law enforcement and first responders
55 and older with at least one underlying medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A full list of criteria can be found at https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine/. Vaccination sites are open to those without insurance regardless of their patient status at Ochsner LSU Health.
How long do these appointments take? Usually, patients are finished in about 25-45 minutes, including the 15-minute monitoring period following their vaccination. To make the process as quick as possible, we encourage you to complete your registration online in advance following the instructions sent to you upon booking your appointment.
Are other dates and vaccine appointments available? Ochsner LSU Health continues to vaccinate community members across North Louisiana. We encourage community members to continue checking availability as new appointments across our system become available each week.
Appointments can be made by calling 318-626-0050, Option ‘0’ during business hours.