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Ochsner postponing 24-hour vaccine fest due to weather

Ocshner's Vaccine Fest to administer 6,500 doses in 24-hours
Ocshner's Vaccine Fest to administer 6,500 doses in 24-hours(Photo by Rilwan Balogun)
Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 11:47 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Ochsner Health and Jefferson Parish have announced new dates for Vaccine Fest, a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination event, due to the threat of severe weather. Vaccine Fest will now take place on Monday, March 29 – Tuesday, March 30 from 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. The event will take place continuously over this 24-hour period to honor the essential workers who support our community 24/7 during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Round-the-clock appoints are currently open and 6,500 first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be administered, an event that will the largest vaccination event in the history of the state.

Eligible community members, including essential workers, can make an appointment on myochsner.org or by calling 844-888-2772.

Individuals who have already scheduled an appointment will be automatically rebooked and contacted with their new appointment date and time.

Vaccine Fest will include festival-themed flair, including themed playlists for the vaccine wait period. Those receiving their vaccines are encouraged to use hashtag #VaxFest to share their experience and encourage others to protect themselves and their community by getting vaccinated.

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant will also be onsite throughout the event to celebrate and feed the Ochsner and Jefferson Parish healthcare heroes and volunteers working to vaccinate our hospitality workers and our community.

“COVID-19 has impacted the way we live, work, and celebrate and it has postponed the festivals we love,” said System Centers of Excellence and Service Lines CEO Dawn Pevey. “We are all ready to return to normal and get back to doing what we enjoy.”

“Our Jefferson Parish team, including our Emergency Management, Parks & Recreation, Fleet Management, Streets, Traffic Engineering, Sewerage, General Services, and Citizen Affairs Departments, are working around the clock to make sure as many people as possible get vaccinated,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “We are proud to continue to partner with Ochsner Health for these COVID-19 mass vaccination drives. I encourage all who qualify who have not already received their vaccine to register for this 24-hour COVID-19 vaccination event and roll up their sleeves with us.”

To date, Ochsner has administered more than 250,000 vaccine doses, more than any other healthcare provider in Louisiana. To learn more about Ochsner’s vaccine efforts, please visit ochsner.org/vaccine.

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