Dane County nears herd immunity benchmark as 12-15 year olds start getting their shots

Poll: For Unvaccinated Latinos, Hesitancy Isn’t The Problem
Haven Daley

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2021 file photo, Juan Delgado, 73, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from a health care worker at a vaccination site in the Mission district of San Francisco. Latinos who haven’t yet gotten the COVID-19 vaccine are much more likely than whites or Blacks to say they want a shot right away, a new poll finds. That unfulfilled desire could be an opportunity for public health workers to boost vaccination rates among the nation’s largest ethnic minority.

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.