LSU Health Shreveport has announced a temporary suspension of its COVID testing and vaccination site until next Monday, September 20. The location, referred to at the medical school's North campus, is at 2627 Linwood Avenue, in the old Chevyland auto dealership building.

"It's really a small change for us and the community," says Vanchiere, emphasizing that numerous area sites are available for both COVID testing and vaccinations. "We are very quickly ramping up the K through 12 testing goals with the state. Our region extends all the way down to Lake Charles and all the way east to the Mississippi border, so we have a lot of area to cover."

The testing to which Vanchiere refers are aimed at school-age children deemed too young for the COVID vaccine and to prepare for the soon-to-be-available vaccine booster shots expected in late September or early October.

Vanchiere adds that anyone seeking COVID  testing or vaccines can access Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Urgent Care sites, parish health units and other community urgent care clinics and pharmacies.

Here's what Vanchiere told KEEL about the schedule and other topics, including the number one objection people have to being vaccinated:

Boosters for Pfizer and Moderna are on the way, Vanchiere says. He also says that the hesitation on the part of the CDC to approve a booster for Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is it's known to be less effective against the COVID Delta variant.

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