Lt. Gov. Barnes Gets First Vaccine Shot
Vaccinated at North Division, not far from where first outbreak of COVID-19 occurred last year.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes got his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, at a site in Milwaukee’s North Division High School. “At one point Wisconsin was the epicenter,” said Barnes, “and I’m so proud of the work that the Department of Health Services (DHS) has done to make sure that vaccine accessibility is there for anybody who wants it there.”
To date, over 580,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Some 6,640 people have died of COVID-related causes since the pandemic’s onset. Deaths from the virus statewide account for 1.1% of all those who have tested positive. Statewide positive tests have been trending down over the last seven-day period, according to the DHS web page tracking COVID-19.
“This is going to be my first round of the vaccine,” said Barnes during a press conference shortly before getting in line. “I didn’t want to get a shot if other people in the community weren’t able to do so. Now that that time has come, I am being responsible.” Barnes added that “not only do I want to keep myself safe but also doing the work to keep the people around us safe.”
Despite the political challenges around COVID regulations and restrictions in Wisconsin, Barnes sees light at the end of the tunnel. COVID testing has become widely available, and satellite facilities offering COVID-related services remain operational around the city. Barnes also hoped that by getting the vaccine he could encourage others in the community to do the same, he told the Examiner. “I think that it’s important that people — my friends, my family members, my neighbors — I just want to make sure that they know that this vaccine is available to them if they have not already taken advantage of an opportunity to get their shot.”
Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Examiner.
More about the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Milwaukee County Announces New Policies Related to COVID-19 Pandemic - County Executive David Crowley - May 9th, 2023
- DHS Details End of Emergency COVID-19 Response - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Apr 26th, 2023
- Milwaukee Health Department Announces Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Services - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Mar 17th, 2023
- Fitzgerald Applauds Passage of COVID-19 Origin Act - U.S. Rep Scott Fitzgerald - Mar 10th, 2023
- DHS Expands Free COVID-19 Testing Program - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Feb 10th, 2023
- MKE County: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising - Graham Kilmer - Jan 16th, 2023
- Not Enough Getting Bivalent Booster Shots, State Health Officials Warn - Gaby Vinick - Dec 26th, 2022
- Nearly All Wisconsinites Age 6 Months and Older Now Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Vaccine - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Dec 15th, 2022
- City of Milwaukee Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Dec 9th, 2022
- MKE County: COVID-19 Disease Burden Remains Stable - Graham Kilmer - Nov 25th, 2022
Read more about Coronavirus Pandemic here