PARTNERS FOR HEALTHY BABIES connects Louisiana moms and their families to health and pregnancy resources, services and information.
COVID-19 has interrupted the lives of families in Louisiana, across the country and around the world. Keeping up with the latest information and guidance related to the Coronavirus pandemic will help you and your family stay as safe and healthy as possible.
The links below can help you understand how to avoid getting or spreading the virus; what to do if you or a loved one gets sick; how to continue accessing important services (like WIC benefits); and how to manage stress during this time:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is one of several important tools we can use to end the COVID-19 pandemic, along with practicing healthy behaviors like wearing a mask in public spaces, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and washing your hands regularly. There are many benefits of getting the vaccine – vaccines help you protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
Find out if you are eligible to get the vaccine in Louisiana, how and where to get one, and how the vaccine works to protect you from coronavirus on this webpage from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Because the United States has a limited supply of vaccines, health experts recommend that certain types of people get the vaccine first. Louisiana has identified priority groups for vaccination based a number of important factors. Currently, priority groups include people who are more likely to come into contact with the virus (such as healthcare and other essential workers), and people who are more likely to experience severe illness or death due to COVID-19 (such as people with underlying medical conditions). All pregnant persons can get the vaccine in Louisiana if they choose to do so. Find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine – visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage on vaccine eligibility.
If you are eligible to get a vaccine right now, contact a vaccine provider and make an appointment. Use the COVID-19 Vaccine Locations webpage to find a provider near you. Depending on which type of vaccine you receive, you may need a second vaccine (second dose). If you need a second dose, the vaccine location you choose will schedule your second appointment during your first dose appointment.
Health experts around the world are gathering data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant. Currently, no data suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe, and experts believe that this type of vaccine does not pose a specific risk to pregnant people. Similarly, experts do not believe that vaccinated women will cause any harm to their babies if they are breastfeeding. However, the COVID-19 vaccine is new and has not been tested with many pregnant or breastfeeding people, so there is limited data to confirm the vaccine’s safety for expecting and new mothers and their babies. The CDC is currently gathering more data on this topic. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, talk to your doctor, and learn more from the CDC’s Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents.
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