What's in the Vaccine?
Get informed before getting vaccinated
Fact Sheets contain information to help you understand the ingredients, risks and benefits of each vaccine currently available on the market:
- Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Fact Sheet
- Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet
- J&J (Janssen) Vaccine Fact Sheet
There are differences between mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) and adenovirus (J&J) vaccines. Learn more here.
Your Vaccination Guide (12+)
Information About Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11
Following FDA and CDC approval, beginning Friday, November 5, 2021, Ochsner Lafayette General has begun offering Pfizer vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11. The results of the Pfizer trial in the 5-to-11-year-old age group show the vaccine is not only safe, but that it generates a “robust” antibody response in children given a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms each – a third of the dose for individuals 12 and above. Our experience staff is also taking every precaution possible (including color-coding paperwork, triple checking patient information and keeping children fully separated from adult patients) to ensure our younger population is safe and cared for during the process.
*Please note that parent or guardian consent is required for all children under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine.
Information About Booster Shots
Effective October 28, 2021, booster doses for all three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna* and Johnson & Johnson, are now available to the public and are being administered at Ochsner Health vaccination locations where available. You are eligible to receive a booster shot if you are:
- 6 months out since receiving a second dose of either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine OR 2 months out since receiving a Johnson & Johnson (single dose) vaccine
- Per the CDC, individuals 12 and up who are considered immunocompromised can and should receive a booster shot (also referred to as a "third dose") as early as 28 days after receiving their second dose
- Age 65 or older
- Age 18 or older and have one of many underlying medical conditions
- Age 18 or older and live or work in a setting that places you at risk of being exposed to COVID-19
For more information about boosters, mixing and matching vaccines and more, please visit our "Common Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccines" section below.
*Please note that Ochsner Lafayette General does not currently carry or administer doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Vaccines are administered to anyone ages 5+ (Pfizer) or 18+ (Johnson & Johnson) by our highly trained staff Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. at the Domingue Center, located at 901 Mudd Ave. Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Domingue Center is also available.
Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, you must be able to attend the second appointment in order to schedule the first. For Pfizer, that is approximately 21 days after your first dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled immediately after you've received your first vaccine dose. The Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is a single dose. Boosters, when available, must be scheduled separately at this time.
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To cancel or reschedule your vaccine appointment, call 1-855-206-9675
Please note that Ochsner Lafayette General does not currently carry or administer doses of the Moderna vaccine.
How Much Does it Cost?
COVID-19 vaccines are free
While we remain in a pandemic, the federal government has ensured that vaccines are made available to those in need without cost to the individual.
A provider cannot ask a patient for payment, though they can bill insurance for a vaccine administration fee or the federal government if the person is uninsured. A provider also may not bill for a regular officer visit to administer the vaccine.
Common Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccines
From fertility fears to re-infection, we're bringing the data
To date, the COVID-19 vaccines currently available are the best prevention of death, serious illness and hospitalization in the fight against COVID-19. Here are answers to some common questions and concerns. For an exhaustive list, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s COVID-19 Science and Research Database.
How effective are the vaccines?
Multiple real-world studies from the United States and other countries have demonstrated that a two-dose COVID-19 mRNA vaccination series is effective against COVID-19 infection (including both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections) caused by ancestral and variant strains, including severe disease, hospitalization and death. Early evidence for the Janssen vaccine also demonstrates effectiveness against COVID-19 in real-world conditions.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Minor side effects are a normal sign the body is building protection. You may experience pain and swelling in the arm, fever, chills, tiredness or a headache; most side effects will go away in a few days or less. The likelihood of experiencing a serious side effect is less than 0.5% but, should you experience any serious adverse reactions, please contact your provider or call 911 as soon as possible.
How can I trust a vaccine that was developed so quickly?
The COVID-19 vaccines are being developed faster than other vaccines because there is worldwide urgency, and because there was ample research in recent years into coronaviruses — the same viruses that were behind SARS and MERS outbreaks. Once scientists were able to create a genetic map of the coronavirus, they were able to use that information to create a vaccine that would replicate the spike proteins the coronavirus uses to infect cells and tell the body how to fight it.
More resources than usual are available to manufacturers to accelerate vaccine development because of the pandemic, including the U.S. government’s commitment to buy vaccine doses up front. These accelerations have not impacted vaccine safety.
If I've already had COVID-19, do I need to get vaccinated?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. At this time, research is still being conducted on how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering.
Can the vaccine affect fertility?
There is zero evidence that COVID vaccines affect fertility. The vaccines tell the body how to fight the protein that is on the outside of the coronavirus, but this protein is completely different from the protein that allows for successful reproduction. The antibodies your body produces to fight the coronavirus will not attack reproductive proteins. Recently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a joint statement alongside midwives, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals concerning vaccinations and fertility.
Are the vaccines OK if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
The CDC advises all pregnant people be given access to the vaccines. In Louisiana, anyone currently pregnant is currently eligible to be vaccinated.
While specific studies are ongoing, there has been no indication that there are negative effects for this population. Pregnant and breastfeeding people should discuss whether they should receive their vaccine with their providers.
Can I still catch or spread COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?
A vaccine breakthrough infection happens when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. People with vaccine breakthrough infections may spread COVID-19 to others.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you live in an area with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19, you, as well as the community you live in, will be better protected if you wear a mask when you are in indoor public places.
People who are immunocompromised may not always build adequate levels of protection after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, until advised otherwise by their healthcare professional. Further, CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose of vaccine.
Information About Booster Shots
What booster dose should I receive?
If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) it is recommended that you receive the same booster dose as your original vaccine series. However, all patients now eligible for a booster dose, particularly if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, may decide to “mix and match” your booster dose.
Are boosters the same dosage as the original vaccines?
Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters have the same dosage as the original vaccine regimen. The Moderna booster is half the dosage of the original two-dose Moderna series, and Ochsner will be following this guidance as outlined by the FDA and CDC.
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
- What's the Difference Between an mRNA and Adenovirus Vaccine?
- Louisiana Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- Request Your Vaccine Card (LDH)
- Instructions to Receive Your Vaccine Status Through MyHealth
- Louisiana Department of Health Vaccine Finder
- What Should I Do With a Positive COVID-19 Result?
- ¿Qué debo hacer con un resultado positivo de COVID-19?
- Social Distancing and Quarantine Guidelines
- ¿Cuáles son las pautas para la cuarentena domiciliaria y la práctica del distanciamiento social?