Throughout the pandemic, experts have said we need to achieve herd immunity to tame COVID-19. While the percentages cited have varied, most authorities have said herd immunity means that at least 70% of the population needs to be immunized either by vaccine or natural exposure to the virus to contain the spread of disease.
According to USA Today, this goal has shifted as more Americans demonstrate vaccine hesitancy, refusing to get the vaccine. At one level the decision is political. A Kaiser Family Foundation Poll found that while 79% of Democrats say they have been vaccinated or intend to do so, 3 out of 10 Republicans said they would definitely not get vaccinated.
The reluctance of so many Americans to get vaccinated has put the idea of herd immunity off the table. Instead, experts say we should aim to get as many people as possible vaccinated to tamp down transmission. The uneven landscape of immunization against COVID-19 will allow pockets of disease to persist across the country.
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