State Passes 1 Million Vaccine Doses
More than 4% of the state's population have completed the two-dose vaccination program.
In the past week, 4.5% of Wisconsin’s population completed their vaccination for COVID-19, and more than 1 million doses have been administered since the state started vaccinating in January.
The current rate of vaccination in the state has led it to finish vaccinating approximately 1% of the population each week for the past three weeks.
As of Thursday, 1,023,576 doses have been administered in the state. More than 263,000 of those doses were second time doses.
State and local officials have repeatedly stated, for more than a month now, that the biggest barrier to increasing the rate of vaccination is supply.
The federal government announced last week that it had placed orders for an additional 200 million doses of vaccine and that it had negotiated an earlier shipment of 100 million doses of vaccine. This, President Joe Biden said, would speed up the timeline for vaccinating the general public.
In the City of Milwaukee, the health department plans to vaccinate more than 5,000 residents this week, Interim Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said during a media briefing Tuesday.
The federal government started allocating doses to the state on a three-week rolling basis, allowing the state to take orders from vaccinators for more than a week at a time. This, Jackson said, means the health department can now schedule vaccine appointments for two weeks as opposed to one. “And that’s really great because it allows us to do more long term planning as it relates to getting individuals vaccinated,” she said.
The city has not released the final details on a mobile vaccination program it is planning. But it will partner with clinics and other organizations in neighborhoods around the city to bring the vaccination process into communities in order to distribute the vaccine more equitably.
On Monday the state announced it was putting $6.5 million into making the vaccine rollout more equitable with a communication campaign and direct funding for vaccinators and partners working in communities that are currently being vaccinated at a lower rate.
While the state and federal government continue to ramp up vaccination, new COVID-19 variants are causing concern. Early studies show one variant, originally discovered in the United Kingdom, to be approximately 50% more transmissible than earlier strains of the virus. Public health officials are predicting this new variant, which has been found in Milwaukee, could lead to another spike in disease. The question also remains as to what effect, if any, the variants will have on the efficacy of the current vaccines.
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