1.7 Million Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine Needed in Austin To Reach Herd Immunity (January 2021)

The Litaker Group team of researchers published a manuscript in Frontiers in Public Health quantifying the number of COVID-19 doses that will need to be administered in Travis County, Texas (Austin) in order to reach 67% herd immunity.

According to this January 2021 peer-reviewed publication, 1.7 million doses of the COVID-19 need to be administered, with 1.5 million doses going to people with health insurance and about 250,000 doses to people with out health insurance.

Researchers also calculated that this is 1 million more doses of vaccine to be distributed for the COVID-19 pandemic than during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009/10. This means that nearly 65,000 doses of vaccine will need to be administered weekly in order to reach the 1.7 million allocation in a 26-week time period.