February 3, 2021 | From City of New Orleans

New Orleans Health Department Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to NOLA Seniors

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) will be providing a limited number of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to seniors age 70 or older on Friday and Saturday this week at the Central City Senior Center by appointment only.  


Residents who are 70 years of age or older who have not yet received a vaccine should call 3-1-1 (504-658-2299) or go to to make an appointment. Participating residents will need to be able to arrange their own transportation or schedule RTA paratransit if needed by calling 504-827-7433. The second dose appointment will be scheduled upon receipt of the first dose. 


Once appointment slots are filled, registrations will still be accepted and individuals will be added to a wait list. Members of the wait list may be contacted if additional appointments become available due to cancelations or extra doses from vials this week. 


As additional allotments of vaccine are provided by the Louisiana Department of Health to the New Orleans Health Department and its partners in coming weeks, more appointments will be available in the online registration system and via the 3-1-1 call center.


By Saturday, the New Orleans Health Department will have provided roughly 550 vaccines over two weeks to residents in the current priority groups, including clients of Healthcare for the Homeless, clients of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), residents of Christopher Homes, residents of HANO properties, individuals on the City’s Special Needs Registry (including some homebound individuals), and other seniors who may have limited access to vaccine via existing channels.


“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact and highlighted longstanding inequities in the health of many groups in our community. Providing the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors of color, low-income seniors, and those with functional and access needs continues to be a top priority for Mayor Cantrell and the New Orleans Health Department,” said NOHD Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno. “Our strategy is in part guided by the community and faith leaders engaged in the Vaccine Equity and Communications Working Group, whom I thank for their continued dedication to New Orleans’ most vulnerable communities.”


Vaccine administration is also supported by volunteers in the NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps and the New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps. Nearly 600 volunteers have been fully trained to participate in vaccine efforts, which include staffing call centers, assisting with community outreach, and staffing points of dispensation in both medical and non-medical roles. For more information or to get involved as a volunteer, visit


For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine effort in New Orleans, visit


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