Dane County nears herd immunity benchmark as 12-15 year olds start getting their shots
Dane County has passed 50% of its population fully vaccinated this week, and with vaccines opening up to 12 to 15-year-olds, the county is nearing the 60-90% vaccinated herd immunity benchmark.
Health officials at Public Health Madison and Dane County have set that as the herd immunity target because variants could require a higher percentage in order to achieve immunity.
12 to 15-year-olds make up about 5% of the county’s overall population, at between 25,000 and 30,000 county-wide. Similarly, they make up about 5% of the state’s overall population.
Statewide, some demographics are still lagging behind, highlighting access disparities, hesitation, or barriers to getting the shot.
About 21% of the state’s Black population has gotten their first shot, and just under 28% of the Hispanic population. Overall, almost 45% of the state’s population had gotten their first dose.
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