Delta Variant Seizes Control in Kenosha As Vaccination Rates Continue Falling
July 27, 2021
Even as county vaccination rates continue to plummet, Kenosha County health officials are highlighting the necessity of getting vaccinated, with a new highly contagious variant of COVID-19 becoming the dominant strain in the United States. As told by Kenosha News in the article Vaccination Rates Continue to Drop as Delta Variant Takes Hold
, so far, about 46% of Kenosha's entire population has received at least one dose, which goes up to 58% when only citizens 16 and above are considered. Herd immunity, which needs 75% of the population, or around 127,500 people, to get vaccinated, is Kenosha County's primary vaccination aim. Currently, slightly over 77,000 residents have received at least one shot, and vaccination rates have fallen after peaking in April.
Vaccination rates are lower than Diane Gerlach would like, a physician at Aurora Kenosha Medical Center and the medical director of the Kenosha County Division of Health Immunization Program. She wishes people were a little further ahead with getting the vaccine out, and says community hesitancy could be dangerous. The Delta version, which is already prevalent in Kenosha, appears to be covered by current immunizations, according to Gerlach, but the "aggressive variant" is a concern for those who have not been vaccinated.
The percentage of vaccinated Hispanic and Black residents in Kenosha County is 34% and 28%, respectively, according to the COVID-19 Vaccinations Dashboard, which is much lower than the 45% of white residents. On the other hand, white residents are much less vaccinated than Asian residents, who account for 60% of the population.
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