The coronavirus vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country. And now we may have an idea of how long we may have to wait for life to return to normal.
What’s going on?
- Numbers have slowly ticked up as more vaccines are being sent out and states are changing their priority lists.
President Joe Biden plans to have 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days in office, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. He issued some new orders Thursday to help push vaccination along.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House health advisor, told “Good Morning America” on Thursday that Biden’s plan could succeed.
- Fauci said he feels “fairly confident” Biden will reach the 100-million vaccinated goal, and maybe do even better.
How long it would take
- The United States reportedly needs about 75% of people to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
- With the current vaccination rate, the U.S. would reach that number by February 2022. That’s if the current pace of vaccine distribution — 914,000 per day — is maintained. With that pace, all US adults would be vaccinated by summer 2022.
- However, if the U.S. inches up to releasing 1 million shots per day, herd immunity could be reached by the end of 2021.
Return to normal
- “It’s not going to be like it was in 2017 and 2018, when we didn’t worry at all about catching a respiratory pathogen,” he said. “We’re going to worry about it, even if we’re vaccinated.”
- “I think we’ll worry much less than we’re worrying right now, hopefully.”