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One Third of Louisiana Residents Don’t Want the COVID-19 Vaccine



MONROE, La. – In all of the hustle to get a viable vaccine (or 3) that would protect us against COVID-19, I never dreamed that a sizable portion of Louisiana’s population straight up wouldn’t want it!  But, here we are.

In an effort to inoculate a big enough chunk of people to achieve what health experts have called “herd immunity,” empty parking lots, sports stadiums, civic centers, and more have been transformed into mass-vaccination sites across the state.  According to WBRZ, more than three quarters of a million people (782,189) in the state hhave been fully inoculated (meaning they have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine – or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) – and that number is rising by close to 100,000 each day now!

Unfortunately, there seems to be an upper limit on the percentage of folks willing to get the shot voluntarily – and that limit is somewhere around 66%.  The reason?  According to – they simply don’t want it.  Citing the 2021 Louisiana Survey, the report highlights the one third of Louisiana residents that simply refuse to get the vaccination.

One of the most mind-boggling pieces of data to come from the survey comes when you realize that nearly half of the same people the poll surveyed said that they personally knew someone who died from the disease.

I don’t know about you, but that is exactly why I will be getting the shot(s).While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

How did we develop vaccines so quickly?

These vaccines were able to be developed so quickly because the U.S. Congress directed nearly $10 billion to Operation Warp Speed, which was the project with the goal of producing and delivering 300 million safe and effective doses of vaccine by January 2021. While that goal has not been met, the vaccines were developed unprecedentedly quickly. On Twitter, Dr. Sydnee McElroy, a family doctor, compared the speed of vaccine development to expedited shipping, where you pay more to get your items faster, but they are still handled safely.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can trigger a range of side effects. Most are mild, such as pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain, and some people in clinical trials reported fever. These side effects are completely normal and are a symptom of the immune response kicking in. However, there have been very few more serious allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine.
These vaccines were approved in record time through emergency use authorization. However, they still went through all three phases of clinical trials in order to ensure safety and efficacy. In addition, the vaccine went through a manufacturing investigation and has been approved by the FDA. And as the vaccine is rolled out, it is monitored for any unexpected side effects.