LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – More than two million Wisconsinites are now fully vaccinated against COVID 19.
That’s according to new data from the Department of Health Services. The state is also reporting over 2 and a half million people, or about 43 percent of the state, have received their first shot of vaccine.
Today, the State Health Department reports nearly 350 new cases of COVID-19, the state also adds 29 more hospitalizations, but no new deaths.
With more vaccinations being offered, herd immunity has come into question. Can the COVID-19 vaccine bring the world closer to immunity?
Another extremely contagious virus is measles; its spread was decreased due to vaccination and immunization efforts.
Dr. Matt Anderson believes the same situation could play out with COVID-19.
“You really get into heard immunity and the number of cases down, you have to get to the point if i as an individual get infected, I’m going to infect less than one other person. So that virus has to die out. The fire has to die out,” said Matt Anderson, M.D. Sr. Medical Dir. Primary Care UW-Health.
Anderson says more people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 could bring the population closer to herd immunity.
Even though the threshold for much of the population is needed to get vaccinated to reach this it is not set in stone, Anderson is looking at around 75 to 80 percent.