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    Who’s Eligible?

    Everyone in Louisiana ages 5 and older is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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    It’s Safe & Effective

    Vaccines are authorized for use by the FDA, meaning clinical trials have proven the vaccines as a safe and effective defense against COVID-19. No steps were skipped during clinical trials and the data review process.

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    How It Works

    The vaccine contains a genetic instruction manual called mRNA — a decades-old technology — that tells your immune system how to respond and protect you from exposure to the actual virus.

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    How Much Does It Cost?

    Vaccines are available at no cost to you. You do not need insurance. If you have insurance, your insurer may be billed, but the vaccine will be no cost to you.

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    Why Should I Get the Vaccine?

    COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. The vaccines are a critical tool for protecting yourself and those around you, ultimately ending the pandemic and getting our lives back to normal.

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    Which Vaccine Should I Get?

    All currently available vaccinations have been deemed safe. However, you may want to read more at the links in the About the Vaccines section below to decide which one is right for you.

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    What Are the Possible Side Effects?

    Minor side effects like swelling, fever and chills are a normal sign the body is building protection and will go away in a few days or less. Serious side effects are rare.

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    Third Dose vs. Booster Shot

    What's the difference between a supplemental third dose and a booster shot? Find out if you're eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose or a third dose.

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    How can I prove I’m vaccinated?

    More and more places – cities and towns, businesses, restaurants, transportation – are requiring official proof that you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. LDH offers several ways to help you demonstrate that you have received your shot.

Not Seeing Your Question Here or Need More Info? Visit Our Vaccine FAQ Page.

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About the Vaccine

Vaccines for Youth and Adolescents

Reporting Adverse Reactions


V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. Read about COVID-19 vaccine safety & development.


VAERS is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS.


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