Not less than one midwestern state might 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, mentioned 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 might obtain herd immunity by July, she mentioned, in keeping with a neighborhood report.
Up to now, about 13% of Wisconsin residents are thought-about totally vaccinated, whereas an estimated 23% have acquired not less than one dose.
Vaccine eligibility expanded within the state on Monday, with these ages 16 to 64 with sure underlying medical situations now in a position to get the vaccine. Nonetheless, state well being officers, according to a directive from President Joe Biden, anticipate to make all residents ages 16 and older eligible by Could 1, regardless if they’ve an underlying well being situation or not.
In Wisconsin, extra folks have now been vaccinated towards COVID-19 than have been contaminated by it, in keeping with state well being knowledge.
The vast majority of vaccines have been administered to residents 65 years of age and older. The Wisconsin Division of Well being Providers in a latest tweet famous that 1 in 3 Wisconsinites 65 and older have been vaccinated.