Have you herd? Immunity is the word!
If eligible, get your COVID-19 booster shot now.
You’ve probably heard the term “herd immunity” a lot, but what does it actually mean? Within the context of COVID-19, how would herd immunity affect our communities and our hospitals, and what can we do to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible?
Herd immunity is reached when a significant percent of the population – about 80 percent – has received a vaccine and/or has become immune to an infectious disease because of exposure. This widespread immunity means susceptible individuals are much less likely to come into contact with an infected person. The benchmark for herd immunity is almost a reality among the state’s 18+ adult population, but other younger age groups still have a ways to go.
How do we achieve herd immunity? Raise a sleeve!
The greater the number of vaccinated means the sooner we can return to our normal lives and the sooner our local economies can recover.
We need every eligible person to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated and boosted if eligible.
Your local hospitals want you to know that getting vaccinated is the most important step you can take at an individual level to achieve herd immunity. Once vaccinated, you will have one less health concern for yourself and your family members. Vaccines and boosters are safe, and our strongest weapon in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Most importantly, all vaccines protect against serious illness and death. Each vaccine has gone through rigorous scientific testing.