Does herd immunity still matter?

Shruti Gohil, MD, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, says that it may be too soon to predict the future of the pandemic. Regardless, the U.S. still needs to boost vaccination rates, she adds. “We’re asking the wrong question about striving for herd immunity,” Gohil tells Verywell. “Rather, we should be asking the question: ‘Why aren’t we getting vaccinated?’”