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ABC-7 Xtra: Expert says 70% of El Pasoans need to be vaccinated to achieve so-called herd immunity

EL PASO, Texas -- The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was approved and is on its way to El Paso. But how many El Pasoans need to be vaccinated before we can begin removing our masks and go back to hugging our loved ones?

Dr. Ogechika Alozie, an El Paso infectious disease expert, told ABC-7 Xtra on Sunday night that a certain percentage of the population will have to be vaccinated in order for us to begin to return to normal.

“It doesn't shut the transmission down but reduces it to a point where we can continue to live in society. That number is usually between 60 and 70 per cent,” said Alozie, who sits on the Texas governor's task force on infectious disease preparedness.

Covid-19 vaccinations could begin as early as Monday or Tuesday, but it may be the summer before the general public is vaccinated.

“The best estimate for El Paso, despite all that we’ve gone through, is maybe 15 to 25 per cent of El Pasoans have been connected with Covid-19," Alozie explained.

"To really get us to that so-called herd immunity, we need 70-plus percent vaccinated to get us to a point to a year from now where families can start get back to their celebrations that we all want to," he added.

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Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



    1. Do all of your personalities believe they have any pull or authority in El Paso? Let’s face it, my golden retriever has more pull here than you or your 25 personalities do. You are a loser in life.

    1. 98+% survival rate. No problem. No luck needed. You can have mine loser. I hope you get bells palsy from it. If you take out all of the post-mortem positive tests, which wasn’t done for H1N!, China virus is no worse than H1N!. Overall death rate for U.S. is still on schedule to be slightly below 10 year average for 2020. Figure that one out moron.

    1. I see our designated drug addict is up late again, ranting. Oh, by the way, you have no authority to do anything, so eat crap and continue to bark at the moon, loser!

  1. We definitely need some method to identify the Nazi filth who refused to wear masks and claimed the virus was a hoax so they can be refused access to the vaccines.

    1. No educated people want it. Many experts are saying we don’t need a vaccine for a virus that has a 98% survival rate. Protect the vulnerable and let healthy people live their lives.

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