Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana is now ready to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone who wants it.
Edwards announced that starting Monday (March 29), anyone 16 and older living in Louisiana will be eligible to receive the COVID-19.
Edwards announced that next week the state will see the largest allotment of the vaccine to date, which allowed them to make this step.
The state is expected a total of 180,000 vaccines to administer starting next week.
Washington Parish vaccine providers are gearing up for an expected surge in vaccinations starting on Monday due to all of the newly eligible people who can receive it.
Although the age restrictions will be eliminated as of Monday, one important thing has not changed: You must call in advance and make an appointment for your vaccine shot. At the time of your first shot, an appointment will be made for your second shot. It is important to make certain that you receive the second shot, unless your vaccination only requires one shot.
The vaccinations are free, with the federal government paying for them. If you have medical insurance, bring your card with you but medical insurance is not required to receive a vaccination.
Here are the vaccination locations in the general Franklinton area:
--Riverside Medical Center, 1900 Main Street, Franklinton (985-839-4431) online appointments by registering at www.rmchospital.com
--Creel’s Family Pharmacy — 26496 Highway 62, Pine (985-848-5555).
--Washington Parish Health Unit, 120 11th Ave., Franklinton (985-839-5646).
--Williams Family Pharmacy, 1058 Tanglewood Drive, Franklinton (985-839-7200).
--Rawls Pharmacy, 36009 Highway 38, Mt. Hermon (985-877-4700).
--Winn-Dixie, Washington Street, Franklinton. (985/839-5450.)
In addition, Franklinton City Hall will have a one-day vaccination on Wednesday, March 31. Call 985-839-3569 to schedule an appointment.
Additional City Hall vaccination dates will be scheduled as more vaccine becomes available.
Vaccination is also available at locations in Bogalusa.