COVID-19 and herd immunity


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — According to the CDC, nearly 246 million Americans have been vaccinated. That’s roughly 31% of the population. In Oneida County, Public Health Director Dan Gilmore says our percentage is even higher. 

“The number for Oneida County for those eligible are over 50%. – Dan Gilmore, Public Health Director, Oneida County 

To reach herd immunity against COVID-19, at least 70% of the population must be fully vaccinated. Gilmore believes that won’t happen for many months, but says the county is still doing well. 

“I’ll be happy when we’re there but we’re in a good place right now in terms of vaccines and there’s better news coming out too. It’s looking like in the coming weeks and months the Pfizer vaccine will be allowed to be administered to teenagers.” – Dan Gilmore, Public Health Director, Oneida County 

Opening up vaccine eligibility to children will help reach herd immunity even faster. For now, Gilmore says everyone should still follow the COVID guidelines

“Stay safe, wear a mask, social distance, if you don’t feel well get tested. For those that are eligible for a vaccine, obtain a vaccine whenever you can.” – Dan Gilmore, Public Health Director, Oneida County 

For the latest  COVID numbers visit the county’s website search COVID Dashboard.

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