Louisiana young adults fall behind on getting vaccinated for COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- According to the Louisiana Department of Health, only seven percent of people from the ages of of 18 to 29 are fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Since the start of the pandemic these young adults account for the vast majority of positive Covid-19 cases. 

LSU incoming freshman Alyssa Carbo says her family is vaccinated, but she does not have the time.

“I haven’t gotten it, but I plan to. I have a lot going on with sports and school and I don’t want to risk getting sick,” Carbo said.

When everyone 16 years and older became eligible for the vaccine Brown’s Pharmacy hired more staff, however the challenge now is to convey more young adults to get vaccinated.

On Thursday the Pharmacy vaccinated only three young adults out of 22 scheduled vaccines.

“It’s crucial for everybody to get vaccinated but particularly the younger population because that’s the population that tends to be more social, going out with their friends, going to dinners,”  Jennifer Monette, pharmacist said.

One of their young adult vaccine recipient says her age group is still distracted by vaccine misinformation found online.

“I think if there was more clear and concise information given to young people they will be more willing to get it,” Kelsey Perine, Southern University senior said. “I do have type one diabetes as well as asthma so i wanted to make sure not only am I protecting myself but those around me.” 

The federal mass vaccination site at the Bon Carre Business Center has seen a lower turnout for people getting their shot.

According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the site can administer around 3,000 vaccines a day but are only reaching around 650 people in a week.

“For people for whatever reason are hesitant, my voice is not necessary the one that is going to convince them. So I encourage them to reach out to their doctor and get their questions answered,” Edwards said.

A spokesperson with the Mayor President Sharron Weston Broome says they are hopeful more younger people will get a Covid-19 shot after finals and as they prepare for summer events.

Information on scheduling a Covid-19 vaccine is available here.

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