ACADIANA - With the recent uptick in covid-19 cases stemming from the now dominant delta variant, what are some concerns from health officials and Acadiana residents?
While doctors continue to stress the effectiveness of the vaccine, some vaccinated residents are still concerned about the recent increase in cases.
"I work in retail so every now and then you have to come in close contact with a few people and it’s not very comfortable if you don’t have a mask on," said Lafayette resident Jamie Chester.
As covid variants continue to rise, the need for a vaccine booster shot may be inevitable according to some health officials. But with many covid-19 mandates having been lifted in recent months, doctors are still urging people to layer up.
"Eventually it will break free of our vaccine safety and in that case we’ve always encouraged layers of protection to make sure if one breaks, the next one catches and keeps you safe," said Doctor Britni Hebert with Lafayette Internal Medicine Clinic.
Masks, socially distancing and sanitizing - these are all layers of protection that Lafayette resident Kaleb Mouton says he’s still practicing for the safety of his loved ones.
"I still have a few people in my family who aren’t vaccinated so if I come into contact with them and spread it, then that’s on me," Mouton said.
If you do frequent enclosed spaces such as grocery stores, mandate or not, Hebert says some safety precautions are simply common sense.
"There’s things that are mandated and there are things that are just common sense and safer for your health," Hebert said. "And in that situation a mask is just easy and it’s a good protection for your health and your livelihood."
Taking a common sense approach is something Chester continues to abide by despite being fully vaccinated.
"Still going into gyms, I still wear my mask. Everywhere I go. Sometimes when I come out here I still wear my mask," he said.