“It can prolong us.” Health experts warn of the consequences of the NC not reaching the herd’s immunity :: WRAL.com

“It can prolong us.”  Health experts warn of the consequences of the NC not reaching the herd’s immunity :: WRAL.com

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QUIET DOWN. >>> MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE AT LEAST HAD ONE DOSE OF THE COVID- 19 VACCINE. STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT THE NUMBER OF DOSES GIVEN LAST WEEK WAS HALF THE NUMBER GIVEN OUT THREE WEEKS BEFORE. WE ASKED WHAT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE IF THE VACCINATION EFFORT WERE TO STALL. >> Reporter: THE DOCTOR I TALKED WITH TONIGHT EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT VARIANTS AND A RESURGENCE OF CASES AS IT GETS COLDER AND RESTRICTIONS LIKE WEARING MASKS INDOORS. PLACES LIKE WAKE MED ARE MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED. >> I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE A. >> Reporter: THEY HAVE THEIR DOUBTS ABOUT THE VACCINE. >> WE DON’T KNOW A LOT. IT KEEPS CHANGING EVERY DAY. EVERYONE CHANGES WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. >> Reporter: HEALTH EXPERTS SAY THAT VACCINE HESITANCY IS PUTTING PROGRESS OF DEFEATING THE VIRUS AT RISK. THIS SHOWS HOW THE DOSES HAS GONE DOWN. IT WAS 53% LOWER THAN THE AMOUNT GIVEN IN APRIL.>> I AM SAD BUT I UNDERSTAND. >> Reporter: SHE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE MEDICAL STAFF AT SOUTHEASTERN HEALTH. SHE SAID THE VACCINE IS KEY TO REACHING HERD IMMUNITY. >> WHAT HAPPENS OF NORTH CAROLINA DOES NOT REACH HERD IMMUNITY?>> IF WE DO NOT REACH HERD IMMUNITY, IT COULD PROLONG US OPENING ALL THE WAY BACK UP. THE LONGER IT TAKES TO REACH HERD IMMUNITY, UNFORTUNATELY, MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE FROM COVID- 19. >> Reporter: HEALTH EXPERTS SURE THAT A VACCINE HESITANCY AND VARIANTS COULD KEEP OUR COUNTRY FROM ACHIEVING HERD IMMUNITY. THE MAGIC NUMBER THAT WE HEAR IS AT LEAST 70% OF THE POPULATION NEEDS TO BE IMMUNE TO THE VIRUS TO HELP CONTROL

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