The community of Mobile, Alabama, is seeing impacts from vaccination hesitancy as the Delta variant spreads.
There has been a 400% increase in hospitalizations in the past month, said Dr. Laura Cepeda, the chief medical officer of the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD), at a press conference Friday.
Commissioner Merceria Ludgood said that only a fourth of Mobile County residents are fully vaccinated.
“Months ago when we were having these meetings, we were anxiously awaiting the vaccine,” Ludgood said.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson encouraged those who have received their shots to speak to their neighbors, family members and friends about getting vaccinated.
“Today we have sports heroes, we have rock stars, we have movie stars, coaches encouraging people all across this country to get vaccinated,” Stimpson said. “But if you’ve been vaccinated, don’t underestimate your ability to reach out to someone and encourage them to do it. … You may be that person to convince them that this is the right thing to do.”