With more and more people choosing to get vaccinated daily, it's the hope the powers-that-be that as a country, we can reach herd immunity by the end of 2021.

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While most people are still waiting for their numbers to be called, a new total of vaccinations administered to South Jersey residents has been revealed this week. According to the Press of Atlantic City, over 161,000 people from Atlantic, Cumberland, and Cape May Counties have received their shots. More specifically, the number of shots administered as of Tuesday is reportedly almost up to 162,000 with exactly 161,906 doses distributed.

New Jersey as a whole is almost at three million shots administered between both the first and second shots. So, with that information, how does that fare us in the "herd immunity race"? According to NJ.com, when exactly the state as a whole will reach a level of herd immunity is pretty hard to predict.

Apparently, New Jersey reaching a point of herd immunity is out of our control. In fact, NJ.com reports that it depends of how fast the states along our western boarders keep up with their level of vaccinations. Since so many out-of-state people are consistently moving throughout New Jersey, there's no was to definitively even predict the point at which this state will be in the clear.

Take South Jersey, alone. We've got people from Philadelphia, Delaware, etc. in and out every single day in the summer. Summer 2021 will be here before you know it. With the seemingly-safer state of things compared to last summer, saying that we'll see even more tourism at our beaches here in South Jersey this year is probably a safe bet.

With only 162k-ish people vaccinated so far in our region, it sounds like "normal" won't be returning anytime soon here.

Sources: PressOfAtlanticCity.com, NJ.com

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