As of Tuesday, Wisconsin has administered over 543,000 doses of the vaccine to people in the highest-priority group, which initially included frontline healthcare personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel and correctional staff. Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times
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Some 17,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be sent next week to 190 Walgreens locations across Wisconsin — part of a Biden administration program announced Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 

“The vaccine will be shipped directly to retail pharmacies in an effort to expedite vaccinations across the country, reports Mary Spicuzza. “…Walgreens said this does not mean that vaccines will be available to everyone in the states and jurisdictions involved in the retail program, and that they will follow the states’ guidelines when it comes to prioritized populations.”

Eligible Wisconsinites currently include people 65 years and older, along with health care workers, police, firefighters and other first responders.

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Quotable

“Look, we got a lot of people hurting in our country today. We need to act. We need to act fast.”

— President Joe Biden, speaking about the need for a new stimulus bill, as quoted by the Associated Press 

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to log fewer daily infections, with cases now at their lowest levels since mid-September, but it still reports a seven-day average 23 new daily deaths. Wisconsin’s pandemic death toll now sits at 5,951. 

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

WisContext offers this visualization of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections and deaths. 

DHS offers these snapshots of the state’s progress in administering vaccines. 

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