At least one midwestern state may see coronavirus herd immunity by this summer time, in keeping with a well being official there.
Julie Willems Van Dijk, the deputy state well being secretary in Wisconsin, stated Thursday that the state ought to have sufficient COVID-19 vaccine by the tip of June to vaccinate some 80% of residents age 16 and older. If this happens, the state may obtain herd immunity by July, she stated, in keeping with a neighborhood report.
To date, about 13% of Wisconsin residents are thought-about absolutely vaccinated, whereas an estimated 23% have acquired a minimum of one dose.
Vaccine eligibility expanded within the state on Monday, with these ages 16 to 64 with sure underlying medical circumstances now in a position to get the vaccine. However, state well being officers, consistent with a directive from President Joe Biden, count on to make all residents ages 16 and older eligible by May 1, regardless if they’ve an underlying well being situation or not.
In Wisconsin, extra individuals have now been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 than have been contaminated by it, in keeping with state well being knowledge.
The majority of vaccines have been administered to residents 65 years of age and older. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services in a latest tweet famous that 1 in 3 Wisconsinites 65 and older have been vaccinated.