Top health official: it’s possible state reaches herd immunity by the fall

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ administers the COVID-19 vaccine at the Roosevelt School District’s C.O. Greenfield School in south Phoenix on Thursday./ Facebook photo/Arizona Department of Health Services

By KTAR.COM

Speaking at the launch of the first vaccine site in Arizona for underserved youth ages 12-15, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said the ideal percentage of Arizonans to be vaccinated against the virus for herd immunity would be 70-80%.

As of Thursday morning, 42.9% of the state’s population has received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing over three million people, according to the department’s dashboard.

She expects that number to rise with the U.S. expanding availability of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12 earlier this week.

 “We still have a way to go but adding this additional population is going to help increase those numbers and with every Arizonan that gets vaccinated, we get closer to that herd immunity and preventing the spread,” Christ said.

State-run vaccine sites, as well as distribution points in the various counties, began administering the COVID-19 vaccine by age group and essential occupations in January before opening up to everyone who met the age requirement in March as demand for the vaccine decreased and supply rose.

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