LAFAYETTE, LA -- The journey to get more younger people vaccinated hasn't been easy as many healthcare workers are seeing more of them hospitalized with the new delta variant circling the area.
“I'm pretty scared of it. Not going to lie because what’s going to happen like you never know.” Isabella Alvarez Said.
Even as cases rise with this new variant--- that still isn't encouraging our younger population to get the vaccine. Many feel that the push to encourage vaccination is frustrating.
“I'm just over it and I just want to, you know, get back to normal and not have to worry about wearing a mask or people yelling at me for not wearing a mask.” Zayde Soileau Said.
The vaccination rate right here in Acadiana remains at 36 percent--with the youngest group of those eligible being the least vaccinated.
“The kids nowadays don't care about what happens to them , they don't see the consequences of getting covid. Some are like It's fun, I'm going to go out , I'm going to go see my friends , I'm going to start drinking, and I'm going to pass it on to my friends.” Isabella Alvarez Said.
Getting young people vaccinated has been a struggle as hospitalization has surged to its highest numbers.
“These are not the sick patients ; these are young healthy patients on ventilators having strokes, and dying from this disease unnecessarily.” Britni Hebert Said.
Healthcare workers are frustrated as many try to save those young adults struggling with covid-19.
“We have to do better as a community. We have to act now to protect ourselves and to protect the people that we love, so that we can move on as society back to normal.” Britni Hebert Said.
Medical doctor Britniti Hebert says younger people should not turn to social media platforms in regard to the vaccine but talk to local healthcare professionals to help with the thought of receiving one.