How does Louisiana measure up in terms of COVID-19 vaccinations?

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LOUISIANA (KLFY) — In Louisiana, more than 1.3 million people have completed their vaccination series.

In Acadiana, about 150,000 have rolled up their sleeves.

Dr. Rebecca Curran with Our Lady of Lourdes Physician Group said although restrictions have eased, it is important that we remember we are still in a pandemic, and one of the easiest ways out is to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Every person who is vaccinated is one less chance for the virus to jump, one less chance for the virus to explode,” Curran said.

She is aiming to inform her patients and the public with the best, most factual information available.

“It’s another step on the way back to normal,” Curran said.

Right now, 28% of Louisiana residents are fully vaccinated, as compared to the national average of 35%.

Of the eight regions in the state, region four, which represents Acadiana, sits at No. 4.

Dr. Curran explains, “I think we need to protect ourselves from COVID both for your own health and the downside of having to quarantine.”

As an epidemiologist and physician in family medicine, Curran shares some of the concerns her patients have had.

“People have a lot of safety concerns. This all happened very fast. COVID happened fast, and the vaccine happened incredibly fast,” Curran said.

Louisiana has three available vaccine options.

The two-shot Pfizer for people 16 and older, and emergency use for children as young as 12.

The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are approved for anyone 18 and older.

“We need to get back to normal,” Curran said. “The more people vaccinated the better we will be.”

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