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David Raines Community Health Centers is offering you the chance to get vaccinated for COVID-19 this Friday, March 12, 2021, at Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City.

The vaccination event will be a drive-thru format and will run from 9 am - 3 pm. Unlike some previous events in our area, pre-registration is required. You can pre-register by visiting the David Raines Community Health Centers website or by calling (318) 227-3354. The phone line is operational 24/7. Approximately 1,000 first-dose vaccine appointments are available, which means the vaccine being offered will be either from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

However, you don't have to wait until this Friday to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you're eligible. Vaccination appointments are available now at the David Raines Health Centers clinics in Shreveport, Bossier, Gilliam, and Minden. Once again, pre-registration is required using the same methods listed above.

So, who's eligible to get the vaccine? While we're hearing the state may expand eligibility as soon as this afternoon, these are the current requirements to receive the vaccine:

Those who are eligible include those 65 years or older, teachers and healthcare workers, law enforcement and other first responders, individuals ages 55-64 with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDC as placing them at an “increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes Covid-19.”

Chronic kidney disease
Down Syndrome
Heart conditions
Sickle Cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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