LAFAYETTE - According to The Louisiana Department of Health a handful of people in louisiana have died of covid-19 even after getting fully vaccinated.
The state of Louisiana has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country with only 35.5% of our population fully vaccinated. Of those fully vaccinated people how many of them are safe from contracting Covid-19?
"The primary purpose of any vaccine in general is to prevent you from dying from the illness." said Simon
The Louisiana Department of Health says our state has more than1500 cases of people with Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated. So far 30 have died and residents are wondering "if i get vaccinated should I still abide by Covid-19 safety protocols?"
"I think it should be a decision made on a personal level between you and your doctor and you know your personal beliefs." said Guidry
Lafayette resident Martin Guidry got vaccinated three months ago. He did it for his parents after seeing how covid effected the elderly, he has dinner with mom and dad every weekend.
"I want to protect my mom and dad, that's why I got it but everybody has to make a personal choice you know as to what their going to do. I don't believe they should sanctioned by our society." said Guidry
LDH says those who died of Covid after getting fully vaccinated were between the ages of 28 and 93 but Dr. Larry Simon of Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it all depends on a person's medical history.
"The vaccines can prevent you from getting severe disease, hospitalization and death. We know that there also very effective in preventing you from getting any symptoms at all but we don't know if they prevent transmissability." said Simon
Now because of that uncertainty another Lafayette resident says vaccinated or not covid-19 safety protocols are here for a reason.
"It's our social responsibility to make sure we stop the spread even though you're vaccinated there are variants here. You might be impacted or might be spreading it out." said Ambalakannu
Keep in mind that a person may have contracted the virus some where in between that two to three week time period where they were waiting to get their second dose.