NOW AVAILABLE – Sign up for your Covid-19 Vaccination Online
NRMC is now offering you the ability to make your appointment for your Covid-19 vaccine directly through our online appointment booking tool. Please do NOT sign up if you DO NOT meet the eligibility requirements, as you still need to bring proof with you to your appointment and will be turned away if not eligible. *The weekly number of vaccines available is determined based on the disbursement from the state of Louisiana.
New Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines beginning Feb. 22nd
New 1st dose vaccines will be given on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Ben Johnson Auditorium (400 Martin Luther King Dr., Natchitoches, LA 71457). The number of vaccines available is still to be determined based on the disbursement from the state of Louisiana. Please visit the following link to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccination Waiting List:
- Teachers & Support Staff Working on-site in K-12 Schools & Daycares
- All Pregnant Persons
- Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Providers & Staff
- Persons 55-64 with one or more health conditions defined by the CDC (cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking, Type 2 diabetes mellitus)
Please scroll down to read about Preparing For a Vaccine Appointment and the necessary documents.
PREPARING FOR A VACCINE APPOINTMENT
Please bring the following with you to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
NRMC COVID TOWNHALL EVENT REPLAY
An online registration system has been created for eligible community members who wanted to receive the vaccine. Please visit the following link to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccination Waiting List:
If you experience trouble accessing the above link from a mobile device try using a desktop or laptop computer. Appointments are scheduled when vaccines become available and bases on the state mandated priority list, not by when someone registered to be added to the wait list.
Covid 19 Vaccination Locations
LDH has created a page listing select Covid-19 Vaccination Locations across the state: Covid-19 Vaccination Locations
Limited amounts of COVID vaccines are available at select locations only for:
- Persons ages 70 years or older in the community,
- Health-related support personnel (labs, mortuary, pharmacy),
- Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff,
- Urgent care clinic providers and staff,
- Community care clinic providers and staff,
- Behavioral health providers and staff,
- Dialysis providers and recipients,
- Home care providers (including hospice workers) and home care recipients (including older and younger people with disabilities over the age of 16 who receive community or home-based care, as well as clients of home health agencies),
- Dental providers and staff, and
- Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools (if not already receiving vaccine or in a plan to receive from their respective schools).
Patients must contact a participating location and make an appointment at the location. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Vaccinations are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for residents; only participating locations can.
COVID-19 VACCINE TIERS FOR VACCINE ROLLOUT
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
Limited Visitation Policy
- One (1) visitor per patient allowed until 8:00 PM.
- All visitors must check-in at a screening location, receive clearance, and wear a facemask correction covering nose and mouth during the visit. Symptomatic visitors will be turned away.
- Visitors may switch out during the patient’s stay, maintaining only (1) visitor at a time.
- One (1) dedicated parent/caregiver for pediatric or mentally/physically disabled patients who cannot be left alone.
- One (1) dedicated caregiver/driver for outpatient surgery and/or testing.
- One (1) dedicated family member for those where end of life care is being given. All others per administrative approval.
- One visitor for an Emergency Department visit.
- Visitors to The Courtyard of Natchitoches will continue to be restricted.
- No visitors under age 12.
- No visitors to Insights.
- COVID patients are not allowed visitors, but virtual visits are available. (At this time, all COVID patients are located in a designated unit separate from other non-COVID patients.)
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.