How close is Ohio to reaching herd immunity?

Currently, 33.3% of the Ohio population is fully vaccinated, which means we are halfway to national herd immunity.

TOLEDO, Ohio – As we return to a sense of normal, things are still different, and that’s because we haven’t achieved “herd immunity.”

“It’s no longer on the fence, it just shouldn’t be. There is a lot of data. We know that people who are vaccinated are unlikely to be hospitalized and have a serious illness,” said Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan, an Infectious Disease Expert with UTMC.

As health professionals continue to press for the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, some are still reluctant, making it harder to achieve herd immunity.

“Herd immunity is where enough people are vaccinated. The virus really isn’t transmitted much at all. It goes away to the point where we don’t have to worry about it anymore,” said Dr. Kevin Casey, Chief Clinical Officer at Mercy Health Toledo.

While health experts believe we will achieve herd immunity in around 70% of the vaccinated population, they have achieved around 60% success in other countries.

Currently, 33.3% of the Ohio population is fully vaccinated, which means we are halfway to national herd immunity.

At this point in time, it is a major concern of health officials to convince younger people to get the vaccine as these are the people currently being hospitalized.

“What we’re seeing now is younger people who are just getting infected and it’s younger people who are dying,” Casey said.

The FDA is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 12-15 as early as next week, which could increase the number of vaccines.

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Currently, Pfizer is the only one of the three approved vaccines in the United States that is approved for people aged 16 and over. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are for people aged 18 and over.

With the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available again, the vaccine numbers could grow a little faster, according to Casey.

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