Over the first three months of 2021, we have turned a huge corner in the fight against Coronavirus. With the approval of several vaccines that have been proven highly effective—and with the rollout of vaccines becoming smoother and more efficient—we have gone from the defensive to the offensive. At the beginning of the pandemic, we could only take precautionary measures to try and keep from getting sick—and getting others sick. Now, with the vaccine, we are giving the virus no quarter. We are creating an environment where the vaccine will hopefully no longer be able to live and spread.
So what can we look forward to over the next three months of 2021? What will life look like as we continue to bring the pandemic under control?
Vaccines Become Widely Available
Due to limited supplies and distribution at the beginning of the year, the rollout of COVID vaccines has been staggered and offered to the population in stages based on risk and need. After President Biden announced a May 1 goal to make the vaccine available for everyone aged 16 and over, every state is on track to meet that goal—and some have already surpassed it. In the weeks ahead, vaccine supply will catch up with demand. The current goal: To have enough people vaccinated to have a relatively “normal” 4th of July celebration nationwide.
Continued Reopening and Economic Recovery
As the vaccine continues to proliferate, the economy is already starting to respond in kind. More and more states are relaxing their restrictions on indoor gatherings and restaurant/gym/movie theater capacity, and we can expect this trend to continue. Stocks are already surging as a result of recent
reports of better job numbers as more businesses reopen and start hiring again.
Experts Still Urge Caution
Despite the progress, experts are still urging caution in relaxing certain restrictions and urging people to continue masking up in public. Two reasons for this: first, they are concerned that the rate of reopening is happening faster than the vaccines can be administered; and second, there are numerous variants of the virus out there that are more contagious and may be more resistant to the vaccine. While confidence remains high, we may still need to practice caution until enough people are vaccinated.
Herd Immunity: Close, but Not Quite
Will we reach herd immunity in the next three months? Experts say it’s not likely. At the first of the year, predictions were common that we’d reach herd immunity (approximately 70-90 percent vaccinated) by summertime. But given the slow start of the vaccination programs and continued skepticism by at least 25 percent of the population, the herd immunity threshold is more likely to happen sometime in the third or even fourth quarter.
All things considered, watch for us to make significant headway against the virus over the next three months. In the meantime, if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident or medical injury, we are always here to help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Call our offices today for a consultation.