A Louisiana man hospitalized with COVID-19 says he would rather be hospitalized again rather than get vaccinated.
Scott Roe, a small business owner, contracted pneumonia as a result of COVID-19 and his health deteriorated rapidly, resulting in hospitalization.
He will be fired soon, but has not been vaccinated, and says his battle with the virus does not change his opinion about the vaccine, according to CBS News.
Louisiana is one of the worst vaccinated states, with only 40 percent of residents being at least partially vaccinated
The report comes at a time when the US has a stockpile of vaccines and is in low demand among the unvaccinated, while the Indian ‘Delta’ variant is also rampant across the country.
Scott Roe, a Louisiana small business owner, was recently hospitalized due to COVID-19. He told CBS his experience hasn’t changed his stance against the vaccines
“Here I am recovering, I’ll finally get out of here tomorrow. Will I get a vaccine? No,” Roe told CBS News from his hospital bed.
“Because there are too many problems with these vaccines.”
Roe didn’t say what specific problems he has with the vaccines.
The three COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use — the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and & Johnson vaccines — are all considered safe and effective in fighting the virus and the virus. dissemination thereof.
When a reporter asked Roe if he’d be willing to go back in time to get the vaccine — which prevented his hospital visit — he also said no.
In Louisiana, cases have risen from 619 to 2,006, a peak of 224% from two weeks ago
Hospital admissions have risen to 844, the highest level since February
‘Don’t slide it down my throat. That’s what the local, state, federal government is trying to do — shove it down your throat,” Roe said.
“They’re putting aside the fact that that’s their agenda … their agenda is to get you vaccinated.”
The state of Louisiana has had trouble getting its residents vaccinated.
Only 40 percent of state residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the lowest total of any state except Mississippi (38 percent).
Cases of coronavirus in the state are also heading in the wrong direction, rising 224 percent in the past two weeks from 619 a day on July 7 to 2,006 a day on July 21.
The number of hospital admissions is also the highest since February, with 844 people currently hospitalized with the virus.
Around 70 percent of the active cases are in the state of the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain originating in India.
Those who choose not to get vaccinated are more likely to be conservative, as there is a clear correlation between support for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and a lower vaccination coverage.
However, many Republican political leaders are urging their voters to get vaccinated.
Trump and members of his family have announced they have been vaccinated, the former president even encouraging supporters to take the pictures.
Rep Steve Scalise, a prominent Republican congressman representing Louisiana, encouraged his voters to get vaccinated earlier this week
Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the most prominent Republicans in Congress representing Louisiana’s 1st district, received the first shot of his COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week.
“Especially now that the Delta variant got a lot more aggressive and saw a new peak, it was a good time to do it,” Scalise said. NOLA.com.
“If you talk to people who run hospitals, in New Orleans or other states, 90 percent of the people in the hospital with a delta variant have not been vaccinated. That is another signal that the vaccine is working.’
Roe said he was aware of Rep Scalise, but denied that the vaccines have proven effective, saying his opinion is unchanged.
Medical professionals advise Louisianan’s to get the injections as well, as a vast majority of people hospitalized with the virus are unvaccinated.
“I want to be clear after seeing what I’ve seen over the past two weeks. We only have two choices: either get vaccinated and end the pandemic. Or we will accept death.’ said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, chief medical officer of the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, at a news conference Friday, according to a report from the lawyer.
“A lot of it, this wave, and another wave, and possibly another variant.”
An Alabama doctor — from a state with a similarly low vaccination coverage — wrote an essay on Facebook about what she saw in the emergency room when patients asked her for a chance to get the vaccine.
“One of the last things they do before they get intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and say I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” Cobia wrote
Across the country, 99 percent of COVID-19 deaths in May were among unvaccinated people, and health officials even said all COVID-19 deaths currently occurring are preventable.