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What Idaho’s 600,000 vaccinated adult milestone means

That’s just about 32% of the Idaho population
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:08 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Thursday, June 3. Idaho surpassed six hundred thousand fully vaccinated adults, but what does that mean in respect to getting past the pandemic and back to normal?

Well, according to experts in the area, not a whole lot.

While this figure is significant, it isn’t nearly enough to declare the pandemic over, six hundred thousand is only about forty-seven percent of Idaho adults and thirty-two percent of the total population.

South Central Public Health District’s Brianna Bodily says that those numbers just aren’t enough.

“That does not reach levels of herd immunity,” said Bodily. “Most estimates put herd immunity between 70 and 90 percent of our population.”

Something holding Idaho back, especially here in the Magic Valley, has been younger populations, those under sixty-five, have been hesitant to get the vaccine according to Bodily.

While the vaccine rates among Idaho’s younger populations are cause for concern, South Central Idaho’s senior citizens, the most vulnerable, are within that herd immunity range at about 71 percent are fully vaccinated.

For information on vaccine providers and to book an appointment, visit the South Central Public Health District’s Crush the Curve website.

Vaccines are available, for free, for anyone over 12-years-old.

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