Herd Immunity and Implications for SARS-CoV-2 Control

November 24, 2020, Vol 324, No. 20, Pages 2013-2114


Herd Immunity and Implications for SARS-CoV-2 Control
Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD; Inci Yildirim, MD, PhD, MSc; Howard P. Forman, MD, MBA
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JAMA. 2020;324(20):2095-2096. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.20892
This JAMA Insights Clinical Update discusses herd immunity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and explains the herd immunity threshold as a function of transmissibility (R0), the role of an effective vaccine and vaccination program in sustaining herd immunity, and the risks of an infection-based herd immunity approach.