Herd immunity is huge step towards normalcy, Mayo Clinic expert says

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Top state health officials say Wisconsin will have enough vaccine by the end of June to vaccinate 80 percent of the population.

Experts believe vaccinating that amount of people is enough to achieve herd immunity.

A Mayo Clinic Health System expert says herd immunity does not mean the virus will go away altogether.

But he says it is a huge step towards going back to where we were before COVID happened.

“It’s going to be a question in the next few weeks and months of whether or not we can reach herd immunity fast enough with some of these variants out there to effectively go back to something like the old normal, or if we’re going to continue to be sort of in this new normal,” infectious disease specialist John O’Horo said.

The general public in Wisconsin will be eligible for the vaccine beginning May 1.