Broward Mayor: Close To Half Of County Population Vaccinated
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Roughly 50 percent of the population in Broward County has been vaccinated, but it’s not enough yet for herd immunity, County Mayor Steve Geller said.
In a series of social media posts, Geller also added that Broward County will lift more Covid-19 restrictions when the county’s Covid-19 positivity rate remains under 5 percent for seven consecutive days or when 15 or less new cases per 100,000 people a day are reported for seven consecutive days.
On Wednesday, the county’s positivity rate was 5.48 percent, according to the Florida Department of Health.
There were 36 new cases per 100,000 people in Broward County as of Wednesday, according to a New York Times coronavirus tracker.
Until the numbers go down, Geller encourages everyone to get vaccinated and continue to wear masks and social distance.
Broward County has had 771,978 people vaccinated, based on Wednesday’s data from the state health department.
Geller’s comments, which were made at a county commission meeting, come as a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation warns that there may not be enough people who want the vaccine and, as a result, it could be hard for the nation to achieve herd immunity when a large part of the population is immune to a specific disease.
The study’s authors said: “While timing may differ by state, we estimate that across the U.S. as a whole we will likely reach a tipping point on vaccine enthusiasm in the next 2 to 4 weeks.”
To counter this, the Biden administration launched a public education campaign this week.
The goal: get those unsure about the shots vaccinated and keep the pandemic from going on for years.