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Wisconsin beginning on Jan. 25 will make COVID-19 vaccinations available to people 65 and older — kickstarting inoculations for the general public after previously prioritizing frontline healthcare workers, people in nursing homes and first responders, the state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday

But reaching the state’s full population of 700,000 older adults will take some time and will depend on cooperation from the federal government. The state currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from federal officials. 

“Older adults have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritizing this population will help save lives,” outgoing DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in a statement. “Wisconsin systems and operations are ready to vaccinate more people. The amount of vaccine we get from the federal government will determine how quickly we can get these groups vaccinated.”

Molly Beck and Daphne Chen have the full story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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“While UW Health expects to start scheduling a limited number of newly eligible patients (ages 65 and older) this week, vaccine supply is still very low, and even those eligible for the vaccine may not be able to receive it for some time.” 

— UW Health statement as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers this snapshot of the state’s progress on vaccinations. 

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, deaths and hospitalizations. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported a seven-day average of 43 new daily COVID-19 deaths. The state’s full COVID-19 death toll is 5,512

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. 

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