Guardian: Like so many people in Louisiana, Tyler Duplantis was hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
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The 26-year-old witnessed the virus tear through his Native American tribe, the United Houma Nation, last year. But when the vaccine became available to him, he was skeptical for several reasons.
There were the stories he’d read on social media, the comments his peers made and then there was the intergenerational trauma provoked by mistreatment of Native American people by the US government. “The healthcare system has betrayed minority populations in the past,” he said.
During an interview this morning with @afusco_BTU and @KarlaMats, @BrowardTeachers Fusco revealed that three @browardschools teachers and a teacher's aide died yesterday – all in the span of 24 hours – from COVID.— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) August 13, 2021
It is one of the few times where I am left speechless. @CBSMiami pic.twitter.com/Nz4k711mDC
Duplantis confronted his skepticism by talking to doctors and nurses he knew, who explained that the vaccines available to fight Covid-19 are both safe and effective. “Once I started asking those questions and getting the answers, I felt more comfortable,” he said. He is now among the nearly 38% of Louisiana residents who are fully vaccinated.
But, amid a brutal spike in infections, it is clear Louisiana needs more people like Duplantis, willing to change their mind and get vaccinated as the Delta variant of the virus sweeps through the state and fills ICU units, in scenes reminiscent of the worst days of the pandemic last year.
Louisiana now has the second highest rate of new infections in the nation, after Florida. And its low rate of vaccination means that more of the coronavirus cases are requiring hospitalisation. About 90% of current coronavirus patients in Louisiana hospitals are not fully vaccinated, according to the state’s department of health. As the Delta variant spreads rapidly through unvaccinated communities, Covid-positive patients are overwhelming Louisiana’s healthcare system. read more..