COVID-19 Booster Vaccines
NRMC is currently offering COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for immune-compromised people at the Walk In Clinic by appointment. If you meet the criteria below you are eligible:
- Receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are currently taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are currently taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
- Other conditions which cause moderate or severe immunosuppression similar to the above conditions.
A self-attestation on your eligibility must be completed to receive the booster. Please download, print, complete and bring with you the following attestation form.
We hope that by mid to late September, the vaccine booster will be more widely available. We suspect that the distribution criteria will be similar to how the initial vaccines were rolled out in early 2021. We are waiting on guidance form LDH and CDC. As we learn more about the timing and eligibility guidelines, we will post the information on our Facebook page and this COVID-19 page.
How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Please read the flyer on best practices to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
NRMC Joins Billy West Live to Discuss COVID-19 SURGE
NRMC Chief Executive Officer Kirk Soileau and NRMC CMO Dr. Phyllis Mason join Billy West Live to discuss the recent surge in Covid-19 Delta variant cases in Natchitoches Parish and the surrounding areas. Click here to listen to podcast.
Free Drive-Through Testing For COVID-19 Every Tuesday & Wednesday – Suspended
The Drive-Through Testing is suspended due to rapid-test testing supplies being low and new supplies being on back-order. As soon as we receive additional supplies we plan to continue Drive-Through testing.
In light of the alarming rise of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations across the State, greater than at anytime since the onset of the Pandemic, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will be offering free-drive through testing every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at its Walk-In Clinic location. Based on demand, we may expand the testing dates as needed.
Community members wanting to get tested should print this demographic form and bring a copy of their drivers license or ID for each person getting tested. These screenings will be a rapid testing exam with results called/texted within one (1) hour.
Vaccinations are available daily at the NRMC Walk-In Clinic from 8am to 8pm. Same day appointments are available. You must call and schedule a time slot to be vaccinated. The direct number is 318.238.5300.
Restricted Visitor Policy
In response to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and case counts, we have implemented the following restricted visitor policy. This applies to all, regardless of vaccination status, according to LA Dept. of Health.
Please note that, for your safety and the safety of our patients, MASKING is strictly enforced for all employees, patients and guests and those unwilling to comply will be asked to leave – no exceptions. Masks must also be worn properly, ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered continuously.
Children under 2 years of age are excluded from masking requirements. Visitors must be at least 12 years of age and always remain in the patient’s room. Visitors are to maintain social distancing at all times, including in waiting rooms, cafeterias and other shared areas.
|Patient Type||Asymptomatic Visitors will self-screen|
|Inpatient Units (including ICU)|
|Labor/ Delivery/ Mother/ Baby|
Carry Your Covid Vaccine Card with you in Your Phone Via LA Wallet App
- Trustworthy display of your digital COVID19 Vaccination record on file with the Louisiana Department of Health
- Easy: Optionally added with Two Taps to Approve and One Tap to Remove
- Optional: Louisiana Resident is in full control
- Nothing Extra: Only COVID19 Vaccination information is accurately added to LA Wallet
- No Copies: Data is only kept at Louisiana Department of Health and Your Device
- Single Use: The resident presenting COVID19 Vaccination status through LA Wallet is the only time this information is shared
- Is not connected to a driver’s license or ID but lives securely in LA Wallet
Click on the below to learn more about LA Wallet
All First Dose Covid-19 Vaccines Will Now be Given at the NRMC Walk-in-Clinic
PREPARING FOR A VACCINE APPOINTMENT
Please bring the following with you to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
NRMC COVID TOWNHALL EVENT REPLAY
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? See the link below for more information …
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine
- Does the vaccine protect against COVID-19?
- It appears to be 95% effective protecting people ages 18 and older with at least one symptom.
- Out of 170 subjects who developed Covid-19 with a symptom, 162 were on a placebo. Only 8 had received the vaccine.
- This result was consistent across ages 18 years to 85 years, races and ethnic groups.
- Is the vaccine safe?
- So far, it looks generally safe.
- The most frequent severe side effect was fatigue in 3.8% of the volunteers who fell ill, while 2% reported headaches.
- But that data isn’t enough to establish the safety of the vaccine.
- When will the vaccine become available?
- December 2020.
- It is estimated that 50 million doses globally can be produced by the end of 2020. This is enough for 25 million people because the vaccine requires 2 doses.
- This means that only the highest-risk groups, such as front-line health care workers, could be inoculated this year.
- When can I get it?
- A National Academy of Medicine panel recommended:
- First in line – doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers
- Second in line – people whose health conditions put them at high risk of developing severe Covid-19, elderly people in nursing homes and people in prisons.
- Third in line – teachers and transportation workers.
- Health authorities expect the general public could get vaccinated in the spring or summer.
- What don’t we know?
- Aside from an incomplete safety profile, it is not known how long any protection the vaccine provides will last.
- A National Academy of Medicine panel recommended:
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Where can I get more COVID-19 Information?
The Louisiana Department of Health is partnering with the 211 hotline to answer questions related to the virus. It’s easy as 1-2-3 to get the most current information available for COVID-19.
- Simply dial 211
- Text LACOVID to 898-211
- Visit www.LA211Help.org
NRMC is here to CARE for YOU!
NRMC’s Walk-In Clinic, Emergency Room, and North Natchitoches Medical Clinic in Campti are open and ready to provide the quality healthcare our community has come to expect. If you are concerned about being infected with COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider, the state 211 line, or NRMC for pre-screening. Remember, our hospital is still operational and here to address your critical health needs.
Dealing with COVID-19 Stress
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7
Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.
Please practice social distancing. Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or disease. Please refer to the attached social distancing graphic.
Individuals with symptoms or concerns are advised to first contact their primary care provider or call 211.
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will use a triage system to evaluate and test patients with COVID-19 symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
The triage team will determine if individuals meet guidelines for testing based on travel, contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19/Coronavirus, and symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
When criteria are met, cases will be escalated to a designated health care provider for further evaluation and/or testing.
Every person who enters an NRMC facility will undergo screening. This includes all patients, associates, physicians, essential personnel and vendors.