Milwaukee Rolls Out Vaccination Promotion For Second Shot
City will pay $25 to 1,000 people to get second shot. More than 23,000 people are currently eligible.
After effectively paying people to get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot, the Milwaukee Health Department is now offering an incentive program for people to get the second shot and complete the vaccination series.
Starting Oct. 21, the first 1,000 people to get their second dose at any of the three city-run vaccination sites will receive a $25 U.S. Bank same-as-cash gift card.
Vaccination is free and anyone age 12 or older is eligible.
The promotion builds on an August first-shot promotion from the state and a similar September promotion from the city. Both of those promotions offered a $100 gift card.
Individuals must receive the shot at the Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd., the Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St. or the new mass testing site at 2401 W. St. Paul Ave. They also must be Milwaukee residents.
The northwest and southside centers offer free vaccinations Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Menomonee Valley mass testing site offers vaccinations Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The state data suggests 23,426 people are eligible for the new $25 promotion.
Milwaukee Versus Wisconsin on Vaccinations
DHS reports that 54.8% of state residents have received at least one dose, compared to 49.3% in Milwaukee.
But those percentages rely on 2010 Census data. Adjusting for the 2020 figures, Milwaukee’s percentage climbs to 50.8% and the state figure falls to 54.1%.
The figures also reflect all residents, and Milwaukee has historically had a higher concentration of younger residents (who are either ineligible to get vaccinated or less likely to). The 2019 estimates available on the U.S. Census Bureau website have 17.5% of Wisconsin residents being 65 or older, while only 10.5% of Milwaukee residents are 65 or older.
Milwaukee’s vaccination efforts appear to mirror the larger statewide performance, when adjusted for more recent population data and age-based trends.
Now the question becomes will a wave of vaccination mandates and incentive programs boost Milwaukee above the state average?
If you think stories like this are important, become a member of Urban Milwaukee and help support real, independent journalism. Plus you get some cool added benefits, all detailed here.
- MKE County: COVID-19 Disease Burden Remains Stable - Graham Kilmer - Nov 25th, 2022
- MKE County: Wastewater Data Shows COVID-19 Uptick - Graham Kilmer - Nov 18th, 2022
- City of Milwaukee Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Nov 11th, 2022
- DHS Launches Free Telehealth Service for COVID-19 Treatment - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Nov 2nd, 2022
- City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Oct 28th, 2022
- New COVID-19 Boosters Available for Children - Graham Kilmer - Oct 25th, 2022
- MKE County: Rising New COVID-19 Variants A Concern - Graham Kilmer - Oct 22nd, 2022
- MKE County: COVID-19 Increasing In Milwaukee - Graham Kilmer - Oct 14th, 2022
- City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Oct 14th, 2022
- Widespread Immunity Key To Fighting Next COVID-19 Variant - Graham Kilmer - Oct 13th, 2022
Read more about Coronavirus Pandemic here