Access Health Louisiana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided testing for hundreds of Louisiana residents across the state. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana residents over 16 years old and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Access Health Louisiana's network of community health centers is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients.
The new Access Health Louisiana COVID vaccination team will focus on testing and vaccinations. The AHL COVID vaccination teams are comprised of newly hired licensed practical nurses and patient representatives.
"Being a part of the covid team brings me great joy. I feel like I'm helping the world get back to normal, or the new normal," said Kenneshel Adams, an Access Health Louisiana patient representative.
Physician Assistant Christine McDaniel is currently directing each team. McDaniel has been on the front lines of COVID-19 since March 2020. At the beginning of the global pandemic, she and other board-certified providers led COVID-19 testing across southeastern Louisiana in the Access Health Louisiana's mobile unit.
"Last year at this time, there was so much unpredictability, fear, and sadness. Now I am seeing hope and happiness. Being a part of administering vaccinations to the community has been very rewarding," said McDaniel.
The Access Health Louisiana Covid team has vaccinated patients in Luling, St. Bernard, and Slidell. Individuals over 18 years old can schedule an appointment on www.accesshealthla.org or call (866) 530-6111.