Hawaii 'close' to reaching coronavirus herd immunity, epidemiologist says
May 14, 2021 at 15:40
Hawaii’s state epidemiologist said that while it’s tough to know what herd immunity against coronavirus is without actually achieving it, she believes the state is "getting close."
The state so far has administered 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with about 43% of the population considered "completed."
The theory of herd immunity has been a hot-button issue as of late.
Some have even hypothesized that the U.S. may never see herd immunity against coronavirus.
"What does herd immunity actually mean?
It has to do when we vaccinate enough people that we actually slow the virus down that we aren’t seeing sustained transmission," Dr. Sarah Kemble, Hawaii’s state epidemiologist, told HawaiiNewsNow.com.
"It’s one of those frustrating questions when we’ll kind of know it when we get there, but I do believe we are getting close."
Hawaii is averaging just 71 cases of coronavirus per day, down from its 2021 7-day average high in January of 188 per day.
The state is administering over 5,200 tests per day and is seeing an average 1.3% positivity rate.
OVER A DOZEN STATES REPORT HALF OF ADULTS FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST CORONAVIRUSHawaii Gov.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE"We are always looking at the CDC guidance and making adjustments as we proceed through the process," he said.
"The ability to enforce mandates and requirements are just an important part of how we decide to make adjustments.