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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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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.
Calculate your exposure risk
In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a big risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here.
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