After nearly a year battling the COVID-19 virus and vaccines approved last winter, life was supposed to have returned to normal by now. And at first, that seemed to be happening. Starting with those who were most vulnerable, Americans began to get immunized. Cases started to drop.

But in the past couple of months, the emergence of a new variant coupled with the reluctance of some to get the vaccine, cases are going back up. Hospitals across the country are filled, and many are refusing to accept transfers from other hospitals.

The Iola Register talked to Dr. Andrew Schlachter, critical care physician and pulmonologist at Saint Luke's Health System, about the delta variant, why vaccinations still matter, and the impact of the recent surge in positive cases and illnesses.

Read the Iola Register article: Still fighting: Vaccines vs. COVID

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