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People in ArkLaTex who waited to get vaccine explain why they’re getting it now

Vaccination rates are on the rise, but health experts say more people need to get the shot,...
Vaccination rates are on the rise, but health experts say more people need to get the shot, particularly as the more contagious Delta variant spreads.(KSLA)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 2:33 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Many people in the ArkLaTex who waited to get the COVID-19 vaccine are getting it now. So what changed?

Medical conditions, the rising number of COVID-19 cases, and the kids heading back to school are just three reasons why some people are now getting the vaccine at the old Chevyland dealership.

Constance King got the vaccine when it first became available, but it took many factors to convince her husband, David King.

“We like to travel and stuff, so now I can be healthy and be able to go places without catching COVID,” he said.

Rogers Coleman, like many others, says being hesitant is what took him so long to get the vaccine.

“Lack of testing and the quick turnaround to get the vaccine out,” he said.

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reports more than 1,000 people in the hospital because of COVID-19 as of Monday, July 26. As cases ramp up in the ArkLaTex, LSU Health pediatric doctor, John Vanchiere, says more people are driving up to get the vaccine at their clinics.

“We’re seeing an uptick in the number of folks coming in each day for vaccines. About a month ago, we were doing 20 to 40 a day. Now, we’re doing over 100 a day,” Dr. Vanchiere said.

Dr. Vanchiere says over the next few days, people can expect to see more vaccine sites opening up.

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