23 February 2021 Blog Post : As my posts have tended lately towards more general
As my posts have tended lately towards more general observations about the vaccine rollout, I thought it might be helpful to provide some more specific data from our practice’s experience – both with vaccination and with COVID-19 antibody testing.
Currently we have a practice of about 650 individuals of whom about 225 are aged 65 and older. Thus far, we have documentation that 82 (12.6% of the total practice; 36.4% of those over 65) have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine. As an aside, those receiving their first dose have, without exception, been able to schedule and/or receive their second dose from the County.
Since April of 2020 we have run 411 antibody tests of which 28 have been positive (6.8%)
So within our small microcosm of the population, our effective immunity rate today stands at an estimated 19.4% (it may be higher as we may not have information on all those vaccinated) – far below the 60-70% needed to attain a viable threshold which would meaningfully halt viral spread.
Moving forward it is clear that much more work needs to be done to deliver vaccine more quickly. The good news is that cases are dropping significantly, but it is important to use this lull to establish a significant degree of population (or ‘herd’ immunity). With the majority of individuals remaining susceptible to infection, there is still ample opportunity for spread.
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