COVID-19 vaccination site list adds Eunice pharmacy
The initial list of sites for the first round of COVID-19 public vaccinations skipped Eunice, but a second round added the pharmarcy at Super 1.
More than 100 pharmacies were added across the state on Monday.
The first limited supply of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine became available at 107 pharmacies on Jan. 4 across the state.
This Monday 102 pharmacies were added.
The vaccine is designated for people 70 and older and additional health care workers.
The initial supply of vaccine will be extremely limited and people must contact a designated pharmacy to make appointments before going in to be vaccinated, a news release from Gov. John Bel Edwards office stated.
At this time, only people in Priority Group 1-B, Tier One, which is people 70 years and older and ambulatory and outpatient health care personnel, will be able to get the COVID vaccine at a designated pharmacy. Appointments are required; do not show up to a pharmacy for a vaccine without one.
Locations in St. Landry Parish are Super 1 Pharmacy, 2418 S. Union St., Opelousas, Carl’s Thrifty Way Pharmacy, 2961 S. Union St., Opelousas; Lagniappe Pharmacy 6, 1717 S. Union St., Opelousas; Thrifty Way at The Cottage, 1406 W. Landry St., Opelousas; and Super 1 Pharmacy 1800 W. Laurel St., Eunice.
Other area locations include Super 1 Pharmacy, 2004 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley; Reed’s Family Pharmacy, 1009 Sixth St., Mamou; Thrifty Way Pharmacy of Ville Platte, 1011 W. Lincoln Road, Ville Platte; and Rayne Medicine Shoppe, 913 The Boulevard, Rayne.
The state Department of Health has published the list of participating pharmacies, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.
Louisiana’s Phase 2 COVID mitigation measures
Gov. John Bel Edwards extended his modified Phase 2 order, keeping COVID mitigation measures in place for another 28 days, and recommended that all businesses in Louisiana move to remote work for as many employees as possible, as COVID cases and hospitalizations surge in Louisiana. The governor’s statewide mask mandate also stays in place.
“What we are seeing is a huge spike in COVID cases and hospitalizations across the state, putting us in a dangerous position where we are seeing major stress on our health care systems. These continued mitigation measures are completely necessary, but they only work if people follow them. Informal social gatherings are the biggest culprit right now and people need to understand that you should not be spending time with those outside of your household unless it is absolutely necessary,” Edwards said. “We also strongly recommend that any employer who can should have their employees work from home whenever possible. We are very fortunate to live in a time when we have the technology to do many things from the safety of our own home that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. Let’s take advantage of that technology in order to slow the spread. These are the things we were doing at the start of the pandemic. But as things have gone on, people have gotten more lax.”
Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions include the below:
All Louisianans are encouraged to avoid gatherings of individuals not part of their households.
All businesses, private and public sectors, should have as many employees work from home as they can.
All restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.
For bars in parishes above 5% positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.
Retail businesses may open at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses, as defined by federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Gyms may be open at 50% of their capacity.
Places of worship will remain at a maximum of 75% of their capacity or the number of people who can physically distance with at least six feet between each immediate household, whichever is less.
Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons may open at 50% of their capacity.
Movie theaters may open at 50% of their capacity.
Indoor gatherings at event/receptions centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 75 individuals.
Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 150 individuals when strict physical distancing is not possible.
All sporting events will be capped at 25% capacity.
Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate is still in place.