Low Turnouts at Vaccine Events as Louisiana Struggles to Meet Vaccination Goals

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LIVINGSTON/ PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD)– Louisiana is struggling to meet vaccination goals, this is as less and less people are showing up to get the shot.

Two COVID-19 vaccine sites were held, one in Livingston Parish and another in Iberville Parish. There was a low number of people coming out to get the vaccine at both events.

These events were held in hopes of getting more people vaccinated.

Plaquemine Lions Club Representative John Sasser said, “We want to make it available for everyone, anybody who wants to within the age limitations and what have you.”

Organizations were open and ready for those who are unvaccinated to get the shot like Iberville Parish Resident Aimee Hebert.

Hebert said, “Oh it was easy, I just walked in and they asked me some questions. I filled out the application, it was really easy.”

However, there has been low vaccine turnouts everywhere.

In a press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards (D) said only 26 percent of the state is vaccinated.

Edwards said, “That’s not where we need to be, and we are going to have to work hard to increase those numbers.”

Some believe it’s because of a lack of information, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R) said it comes down to trust.

Cassidy said, “When I was practicing medicine, I had patients who were reluctant to be vaccinated. We would work through those issues, I would show them the evidence, speak to them like people who deserved to get their question answered, and almost always they would agree to take the vaccine.”

Vaccine clinics are hoping that more people come out to receive the vaccine.

For more information about the vaccine or how to schedule an appointment, you can call the Vaccine Hotline. The number is 1-855-453-0774.

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