BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Lagniappe Pharmacy owner Dr. Eric Peters is seeing a new demand for COVID-19 vaccine appointments as summer approaches.
“A lot of people are getting it for the simple fact that they do not want to get sick out there. I know a lot of people have not traveled since the pandemic started for the simple fact that they do not want to increase their risk, but after they are getting vaccinated a lot of people are getting a lot more comfortable with moving around a little bit,” Peter’s said.
Beth Hudson is fully vaccinated for the coronavirus. Hudson says part of her reason to get vaccinated was to enjoy the vacation she missed out on last year.
“I feel safe, I am ready for my cruise,” Hudson said.
Brown’s Pharmacist Dr. April Brown says parents are also getting their children vaccinated since Pfizer expanded vaccine use to kids as young as 12.
While travler vaccine appoinemnts are filling up, Peters says not enough people in the Baton Rouge area are getting vaccinated.
34 percent of the East Baton Rouge area is fully vaccinated. The statewide rate is just over 30 percent, that’s far below other states.
Florida is at 40 percent and northeast states like Maine and Vermont are more than 50 percent protected.
“If you are travelling I would recommend you protecting yourself,” Peters said. ““The people who are not vaccinated now, I believe is coming down to education.”
A coronavirus vaccine is not required to travel in the United States, but a negative covid test may be required at some destinations.
Information on how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine is available here.