As the United States and the rest of the world grapple with the current stage of the pandemic, low vaccination rates and the more contagious Delta form are combining to create a new COVID-19 problem for Louisiana. Gabriel, Thomas Madden’s 13-year-old son, is fighting back, according to his father. This week, Madden took Gabriel to the Lakeside Shopping Center in a New Orleans suburb for a vaccine at a location administered by Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit provider.
Madden said, “This Delta variant has freaked my wife out. But it was really up to him – he wanted to get it as he was getting a little nervous about school starting soon.” At Lakeside Shopping Center, many people were wearing masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested last week that Americans start wearing masks inside in places where there is significant transmission, which now includes the majority of the country. The rapid development of the Delta form, according to the CDC, has resulted in COVID-19 being spread by fully vaccinated people.
One out of every seven illnesses occurs in the United States, with outbreaks occurring in Louisiana and other states with low vaccination rates. According to a Reuters study of state and county data, Louisiana’s immunisation rate ranked 47th among U.S. states for first doses delivered.