Ochsner Health vaccine shipments drastically decreased; Hospital system no longer scheduling ‘first dose’ appointments

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Ochsner Health released the following statement on Friday, January 22, regarding the Covid-19 vaccine:

COVID-19 vaccine supply is a national concern, and Ochsner Health’s allotted vaccine shipments have decreased by 70% over the past four weeks.

Due to the limited vaccine supply, we are no longer able to schedule new appointments for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. Therefore, first dose scheduled appointments are impacted as a result.

Patients with first dose vaccine appointments scheduled on or after Tuesday, January 26 across South Louisiana (including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Bayou, Northshore and Ochsner Lafayette General regions) are being postponed until further notice. Appointments from now to Tuesday have also been canceled. This currently does not impact scheduled vaccinations at Ochsner Pharmacy and Wellness (designated retail locations) and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

Impacted patients will be placed on a priority wait list, and they will receive notification for priority access from Ochsner via text, MyOchsner or email once additional vaccine is available. Rescheduling will occur in the order people originally scheduled their appointments.

Patients who have already received their first dose will receive their second dose as scheduled, regardless of date. This appointment must remain on the schedule as previously scheduled and cannot be moved to a different day, time or location.

We understand this is disappointing news for many of our community members, but these changes will ensure a fair and equitable rescheduling process. We remain committed to serving all eligible individuals in Phase 1B on a first come, first serve basis as supply becomes available.

We encourage community members to visit this webpage for updates on scheduling availability or sign up for our weekly vaccine update email at ochsner.org/covidvaccine.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing interest and patience.

We appreciate your willingness to be part of the solution as we work together to end this pandemic. Please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, maintain good hand hygiene and avoid gathering with individuals outside of your household.

Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines are still continuing.