OCHSNER AND NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT TEAM UP TO VACCINATE TRAVELERS AND STAFF
Pfizer and J&J vaccines to be administered at MSY beginning June 17
KENNER, La. – Ochsner Health (Ochsner) and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) are teaming up to offer travelers and staff COVID-19 vaccines. Starting Thursday, June 17, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered to all eligible individuals at the airport on the first floor baggage claim level between doors 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Appointments are not necessary and Louisiana residency is not required.
“As we continue to vaccinate our community members, we recognize that we must meet people where they are and make getting a vaccine as convenient as possible,” said Dawn Pevey, CEO, Service Lines and Centers of Excellence at Ochsner Health. “By providing vaccinations at our airport, we’re bringing lifesaving vaccines to thousands of employees and travelers who are there each day. As people begin to resume their normal activities and travel, we strongly encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them.”
“Ochsner Health has been a vital partner in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we are excited about the opportunity to partner with them and MSY to make vaccinations even easier and more accessible as we work to continue reopening our city,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Part of that reopening includes continually showing that New Orleans has become and will continue to be the safest destination city in the world. Getting travelers and staff vaccinated on site is another innovative way of making that happen.”
MSY is the gateway to one of the most exciting cities in the world – New Orleans, legendary for its history, food and good times. MSY provides a passenger-friendly environment that welcomes millions of travelers each year from around the world and has more than 4,000 employees. In 2019, MSY opened a new, world-class terminal to the public, complete with renowned restaurants, local shops and astounding artwork.
“As traffic begins to steadily increase at MSY, we are happy to do our part by working with Ochsner to offer our passengers and employees convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation at MSY. “We have taken great strides to make the terminal facility safe and sanitary, and we now encourage our passengers to pull their sleeves up so they can go wheels up!”
Ochsner is committed to continuing to educate the public on the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and to provide convenient opportunities for the public to be vaccinated, removing barriers and making it as easy as possible to protect themselves and their families.
“We are proud to continue to partner with Ochsner Health to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to the residents and visitors of Jefferson Parish,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “This new vaccination site inside the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a great example of meeting people where they are to help increase access. I ask all residents to encourage your friends and family members who are not already vaccinated to roll up their sleeves with us.”
Ochsner has administered more than 450,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. For more information or to schedule your vaccine, please visit www.ochsner.org/vaccine.
Where is the Ochsner vaccine site located?
- Vaccinations will be offered on the first floor of the airport, near the baggage claim area and the customer service desk, between doors 2 and 3.
Who is eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine?
- Currently, everyone ages 12 and older is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
- Minors under the age of 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.
Who is eligible for the J&J vaccine?
- Everyone ages 18 and older is currently eligible for the single-dose J&J vaccine.
When will my second dose be scheduled?
- Community members who receive the Pfizer vaccine will be automatically scheduled for the second dose with the option to reschedule, if needed.
What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?
- A photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.) and your insurance card, if available.
- There is no cost to the patient, and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status.
Where else can I get my vaccine?
- Appointments across Ochsner Health clinics and community sites are available daily.
- Please check https://www.ochsner.org/appointment-availability for availability near you.
“Protecting New Orleans takes all of us – residents, workers, and visitors – to get vaccinated. By providing daily vaccines at MSY, additional access is created for thousands of people traveling to and from the city,” Jennifer Avegno, MD, director of the New Orleans Department of Health. “We’re grateful for this innovative partnership between Ochsner and MSY and know it will help keep our community safer from future outbreaks. We urge anyone visiting New Orleans, airport employees, and residents heading out for summer travel to take advantage of this free vaccination opportunity.”
“More than 1.5 million Louisianans are now fully vaccinated. However, we must continue to curtail the threat of this pandemic by providing vax sites that are extremely convenient and visible,” said Shantel Hébert-Magee, MD, MPH, Region 1 Medical Director, Louisiana Department of Health. “As a community partner, Ochsner has successfully piloted vaccine events at shopping malls, restaurants and numerous creative spaces. Given the success of these workplace and hyperlocal events, LDH is in full support of a vax site at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, which has over 4,000 employees and limitless flights. We are hopeful that this airport vaccination rollout will help our vaccination rates soar and take us one step closer to defeating COVID-19 and bringing back Louisiana!”
To learn more, please visit https://www.ochsner.org/vaccineinfo.
Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventative screenings, health and wellness resources and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health healed more than 900,000 people from across the globe in 2020, providing the latest medical breakthroughs and therapies, including digital medicine for chronic conditions and telehealth specialty services. Ochsner Health is a national leader, named the top hospital in Louisiana and a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. As Louisiana’s leading healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner’s team of more than 32,000 employees and 4,500 providers are working to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org.