Doc encourages herd immunity chase

Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise wishes everyone who can get vaccinated for COVID-19 does so in the near future.


Close to 60 percent of Door County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but that rate has slowed down in recent weeks. Since reaching a high of over 3,000 doses administered the week of March 28th, the number of vaccinations has tumbled almost 50 percent to 1,777 last week. Similar trends across the country along with new variants have made national health experts wonder if herd immunity is possible.


Heise hopes residents take advantage of the return of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the possibility of kids getting shots in the future.

He adds that he does not feel like the state will see surges in positive COVID-19 cases, but rather just “blips” like what Michigan and Oregon have had to weather this spring. Heise hopes people would reconsider their thoughts on not receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, saying the science behind the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines dates back five years as scientists looked for ways to battle HIV.

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