Acadiana - Louisiana has administered nearly 2.5 million vaccine doses since December, including 150,000 here in region four. Medical Director for Region Four, Doctor Tina Stefanski says there’s still work to do.
"At this point, we are really going to have to get down into very local focused community level outreach. Answering people’s questions one-on-one is going to be really important," she said.
She says the majority of people who wanted the vaccine have received it. Now the focus is on continuing to educate those who may still be hesitant. "Most of the people that were highly motivated to get the vaccine, have been vaccinated. So now I think we really need to get to those individuals who were on the fence or have some questions and this Bring Back Louisiana campaign is perfect."
She says younger people specifically lag behind receiving the vaccine.
"Younger people at this point, don’t feel as motivated to get vaccinated because they look at the outcomes and see that older individuals are more likely to have severe outcomes or people with underlying health conditions," said Stefanski.
Given the introduction of several COVID variants, including the more easily transmitted U.K. Strain, she says it’s especially important for everyone regardless of age or overall health, To get vaccinated.
"The more this virus spreads, the more opportunity we have for these variants to develop. So that’s another reason beyond protecting your health is we need to slow down the transmission of this virus in our communities," Stefanski said.
Despite now having only two vaccines available, Stefanski says they have more than enough doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots available.