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CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System Partners with David Raines Community Health Centers on Bossier City Drive-thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic March 11, 2021

Shreveport, Louisiana – CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System announced a partnership with David Raines Community Health Centers to bring a drive-thru vaccination clinic to Bossier City Friday.

Support from CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier is through community benefit funding that will alleviate some costs associated with operating a drive-thru clinic; making it possible for the COVID-19 vaccine to reach the most vulnerable populations in the Shreveport-Bossier community.

“Being able to partner with David Raines Community Health Centers on such a monumental task is vital in vaccinating the most vulnerable in our community,” said Steen Trawick, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System. “Our goal with each vaccine clinic is to increase access and decrease fear surrounding the vaccine.”

The drive-thru clinic is at Pierre Bossier Mall on Friday, March 12, 2021, from 9 am to 3 pm. Pre-registration is REQUIRED at www.davidraineschc.org or by calling 318-227-3354 (phone lines are open 24 hours per day).

“David Raines Community Health Centers is committed to the well-being of our community. Vaccination appointments are currently open to all adults who are eligible. We will continue to provide access to vaccines as they become available.” said Willie C. White III, Chief Executive Officer, David Raines Community Health Centers.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expanded the Covid-19 vaccination eligibility group on Tuesday to include persons over 18 years of age (for the Modern Vaccine) 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.” These new conditions include:

  • Moderate to severe asthma
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Thalassemia
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Those with the following conditions are also eligible:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Sickle Cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

The expansion also includes anyone who works in a congregate living facility such as a shelter, jail, or group home. Vaccines are still available to those 65 years and older, teachers, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and other first responders.

Vaccine appointments are also available for eligible individuals at the David Raines Community Health Centers’ clinics in Shreveport, Bossier, Gilliam, and Minden. Appointments for clinic locations are REQUIRED at www.davidraineschc.org or by calling 318-227-3354 (phone lines are open 24 hours per day).