LAFAYETTE - In an effort to get more adults vaccinated by summer President Biden has declared the month of June a "National month of Action." The President says we need to make this happen if we want "a summer of freedom" so we can be "free from fear this fall."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 40% of our Nation is vaccinated right now but President Biden wants that percentage at 70% by July 4th.
Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Larry Simon reminds us why getting vaccinated is important.
"The primary purpose of any vaccine in general is to prevent you from dying from the illness. The primary purpose of a covid-19 vaccine is to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death." said Simon
America alone has had over 592,000 deaths according to the CDC. In a press conference this week the President said America has made progress but needs to push for herd immunity which would be 80%.
Dr. Britni Hebert of Lafayette's Internal Medicine Clinic says a vaccination is simple.
"We're just tricking your body to do what it would normally do when it encounters the virus so it can practice. This is your bodies ability to study before it comes across the real disease and you'll be better prepared and more likely to do great after the vaccine." said Hebert
In preparation to get 70% of Americans vaccinated pharmacies across the nation will stay open late every Friday in June to offer vaccine services starting next week.
"Now, just like the expression nothing in life is 100% the vaccines aren't either. The data on Moderna and Pfizer is outstanding at 95% ethicacy against the U.S. variants. That means it's 95% effective at preventing you from getting the infection at all." said Simon
In order to reach President Biden's 70% goal by July 4th roughly 20 million Americas will need to get vaccinated.