UGH proud to be a vaccine provider

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Union General Hospital is proud to be actively working to immunize citizens around the area. As of January 29, we have given 427 vaccine shots and have had 116 individuals complete the two-shot regimen.

Our facility continues to request more and more vaccine each week. The vaccine inventory that the state receives to distribute is limited. Union General Hospital has reached out to other providers and secured doses that they were not able to distribute.

We have administered both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. Pfizer requires a second shot in three weeks and Moderna a second shot in four weeks.

We encourage all citizens to vaccinate and try to get their name on as many wait lists as possible. We are encouraged that the vaccine distribution will increase in the coming months.

Union General Hospital recommends that everyone;

• STUDY THE INFORMATION

• EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE VACCINE

• TALK TO YOUR HEALTCHCARE PROVIDER

And then, if you choose to get the vaccine, call and get on a waiting list. We also encourage all to follow the mitigation efforts:

• WEAR YOUR MASK

• WASH YOUR HANDS

• DISTANCE YOURSELF WHEN POSSIBLE

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. Limited amounts of COVID vaccines are available:

At this time State Guidance is to vaccinate people who are in Phase 1B, Tier One which includes:

Persons ages 65 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, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and Support Service Providers (SSPs) working in community and clinic-based settings, and clients who are both deaf and blind, 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).

Union General Hospital is a participating location and you must make an appointment by calling (318) 368-7077. If leaving a message, please leave your name, date of birth and a phone number to be contacted.

Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for residents; only participating locations can. Appointments do not have to be made to receive the second dose of the vaccine. Second doses are given at the same location a person receives their first dose and the appointment for the second dose will be made during the appointment for the first dose.

Julie Duty is the Compliance/HIPPA Privacy Officer and QA Director for UGH. Union General Hospital is committed to providing Access to Quality Care Close to Home in a safe environment to the residents of our community and surrounding areas, and to be recognized as the Hospital of Choice for Union Parish. As a community-based hospital, our priority for 45 years has remained the same - meeting the healthcare needs of our community through progress and a commitment to excellence.