Salt Lake City-New data shows that Salt Lake County’s immunity to COVID-19 is improving, and health experts are optimistic that the community will achieve herd immunity.
On Friday, people showed up at the American Mountain Summit Exhibition Center for the second round of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
This means that within a short week, those residents of Salt Lake County will be fully vaccinated and will cross the border to reach the other end of COVID-19 immunity.
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79-year-old Elaine Spear even took her dog Bella to the occasion and shouted: “I think this is great!” When she rolled up her sleeves.
Spear said she has been calling everyone she knows and asking them to be vaccinated. Her second dose is worth celebrating.
She said enthusiastically: “I want to go home to celebrate and gather all my friends.” “And, all of us will have a drink at the celebration.”
According to the Salt Lake County Health Bureau, the number of people who completed two doses of vaccination (including spears) is still very small.
“The best guess is that as far as people are currently fully vaccinated, Salt Lake County currently accounts for about 6 percent,” said Irene Reese, head of epidemiology at the Salt Lake County Health Bureau.
However, she only found some good news about herd immunity.
The risk explained: “What they found-this is their latest data-about 20% to 25% of Salt Lake County residents showed immunity to the disease itself or the vaccine or both.”
That is a quarter of the population showing immunity to COVID-19. Risk attributed these numbers to the University of Utah’s Utah HERO project, which has been monitoring COVID-19 activity in the community since last spring.
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At various times throughout 2020, thousands of people have been tested for COVID-19 and COVID-19 antibodies.
Dr. Stephen Alder, the project leader of the HERO project in Utah, said: “20% to 25% is great.”
“Excellent,” especially because Dr. Alder explained that they estimated the immunization rate by December to be about 10%.
Dr. Alder talked about other gains they have seen from the HERO project in Utah, such as finding that consumers are more active when they can go to safe places with mask requirements.
He said this shows that state-wide authorization is good for the economy, and that economic and health considerations need not contradict each other.
They also found that schools that followed good guidelines had lower transmission rates of COVID-19.
He said that this bodes well for our way forward, and hopes that we can get control in the near future and see solutions.
“Hopefully we talked for a few months before we really saw the numbers…giving us the opportunity to be optimistic that we can at least reach a new normal soon,” he said.
But he and Risk explained that it all depends on measures such as continuous vaccination and wearing masks and distance from society to continue the upward trend of cattle immunity.
They said that experts predict that 70% is the magic number to achieve the immunity of the herd and overwhelm COVID.
The risk says that if people do not get vaccinated, then they will not reach this number. The pandemic will become longer and more noticeable, and wearing masks will continue.
The two emphasized the importance of not letting off the guards.
Although Spear has now shot twice, she said she will still practice the same safety measures.
She stated that she is proud to be part of the community’s efforts to fight for herd immunity.
She said: “I am very happy to be second and to be part of an exciting campaign to get everyone vaccinated,” I added, “I think everyone should be like this.”