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‘You shouldn’t declare a victory, till victory is here’ | Local leaders weigh in on Governor Abbott’s claims Texas is ‘very close’ to herd immunity

As extra vaccines roll out statewide, the Governor made an optimistic declare that Texas could possibly be ‘very close’ to herd immunity. Local leaders say we’re not there but.

SAN ANTONIO — As extra vaccines roll out statewide, Governor Greg Abbott made an optimistic declare that Texas could possibly be nearing herd immunity. But native leaders say in any other case.

Governor Abbott made the remark about herd immunity throughout a televised interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“When you look at the senior population, for example, 70, more than 70 percent of our seniors have received a vaccine shot. More than 50 percent of those who are 50 to 65 have received a vaccine shot. I don’t know what herd immunity is, but when you add that to the people who have acquired immunity, it looks like it could be very close to herd immunity,” mentioned Abbott.

Depending on who you ask, the edge to attain herd immunity varies. Herd immunity is when a massive share of a inhabitants turns into immune to a illness, making it unlikely to unfold. The World Health Organization says the share of the inhabitants that wants to be immune is between 70%-90%. Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. Chief Medical Advisor, says the share is 80-85% and Governor Abbott’s medical adviser says 70%.

According to knowledge by Texas Department of State Health Services, in the event you add the variety of Texans who’re totally vaccinated and Texans who’ve recovered from the coronavirus, about 29% of the inhabitants is immune as of mid-April.

“I think part of the challenge is that people want to think about people who previously had a COVID infection, as a separate group from people who have been vaccinated against COVID. If you think 30% of the population has had COVID, and right now, San Antonio, about 25% of the population has been fully vaccinated, even if you were to add those two numbers, we wouldn’t be close to herd immunity,” mentioned Dr. Colleen Bridger, Metropolitan Health District interim director.

“We’re getting through this pretty good, because we have more vaccines. But you know, you shouldn’t declare a victory, till victory is here and we’re not there yet,” mentioned Nelson Wolff, Bexar County choose.

During Monday night time’s coronavirus vaccine briefing, native leaders emphasised that vaccines are secure and can shield individuals towards the U.Okay. variant that has change into dominate nationwide.

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