January 8, 2022
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announces that, effective immediately, the six-month interval between completing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series and receiving a booster dose has been shortened to five months. Earlier this week, the booster interval was shortened for the PfizerBioNTech vaccine as well. This means that individuals 12 and older who initially received an mRNA vaccine series (two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) should now receive an mRNA booster dose five months after completing their initial series. The booster interval recommendation for people who initially received the J&J vaccine (two months) has not changed. LDH reminds providers that individuals ages 12-17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at this time.
For a person younger than age 18, parental/caregiver consent is needed. Download the LDH consent form at ldh.la.gov/Covid-19K-12
Vaccination, along with other preventative measures, can protect children from COVID-19 using the safe and effective vaccines already recommended for use in adolescents and adults in the United States. Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at more than 1,000 locations in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, including at pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare clinics and doctor’s offices.
For a list of locations near you, visit ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine or text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish. To speak with a medical professional If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call 211 or the Louisiana vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774. The vaccine hotline can also connect you with medical professionals who can answer your questions.
*College students may receive the debit card for either first or second doses; the rest of the eligible population may receive the Visa debit card on the first dose.