City Has More Vaccine For Educators Than Demand
Mayor says Wisconsin Center has 800 vaccine appointments still open for Wednesday.
Last week, the City of Milwaukee started a massive push to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every educator or childcare worker that lives or works in the city.
The city partnered with Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin to staff the Wisconsin Center vaccine clinic as well as several community based clinics for this group.
Barrett, and new Milwaukee Health Department Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said there were open appointments at the community clinics for educators as well. There are clinics just for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) staff at two high schools: North Division, 1011 W. Center St., and South Division, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. Another is open to any educator of childcare worker that lives or works in the city, that’s at Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St, which also has appointments available on Wednesday.
Barrett said he is not “disappointed in the numbers up to this point,” adding that thousands of educators had already taken advantage of the vaccine since the start of last week, during a media briefing Tuesday. The mayor said he wanted educators and childcare workers to know that there is plenty of vaccine available for them.
“We have been so exhaustive in our attempts to make sure that all educators have access to a vaccination by March 15th that we have taken some really pretty gigantic steps to do that,” Barrett said.
The result is that there is no shortage of vaccine for educators. Barrett said he is reaching out to MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley, School Board President Larry Miller and leadership at Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association as part of a “full court press” to make sure MPS staff “take advantage of what we provided for them up to this point.”
MPS is already educating approximately 300 special-needs students in person and will begin phasing in the rest of their students to in-person classes in April. Making sure students and staff can safely return to the classroom was the impetus for making teachers eligible and for the city’s push to vaccinate them all.
The push to make vaccine eligible to every educator and childcare worker that wants it during this two-week window was an ambitious challenge, to which the city and its private partners appear to have risen. Hundreds of volunteers from the health systems are staffing the clinics and coordinating vaccination. The Wisconsin Center is vaccinating every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that those vaccinations are there, now people have to take advantage,” Barrett said. “That’s how straightforward this is.”
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