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Gov. Tony Evers on Friday announced he would follow the directive of President Joe Biden and open COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults in the state by May 1. Meanwhile, at the end of March, a broad swath of state residents with conditions including obesity, diabetes and cancer will be eligible for vaccination. Even if they qualify, however, some residents struggle to find a COVID-19 shot. Wisconsin Watch/WPR reporter Bram Sable-Smith collects tips from people who have gotten vaccinated and interviews the head of a rapidly growing Facebook group that helps connect residents with providers. Writes Sable-Smith: “Wisconsin is among the nation’s leaders in distributing inoculations to those who want them, but demand still outpaces supply, and some eligible residents still struggle to find appointments.”

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Quotable

“I just had one of our regulars call. I haven’t heard her or seen her in over a year, and I recognized her by her voice. She orders blueberry pancakes. She was calling to see if we’re doing takeout only, if we’re doing OK.”

Mickies Dairy Bar manager Shea Thongnuam, describing to the Cap Times how it feels to reopen the iconic Madison restaurant for 50% in-person dining this week.

Data to note

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 66.2% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 20.4% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents.  

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. On Friday, DHS reported 550 additional cases and one new death, bringing the statewide death toll to 6,525. 

WisContext offers this visualization. 

Find a vaccine site near you

DHS has this interactive map of vaccine providers across Wisconsin. Vaccinations are generally by appointment only and it may take time to schedule appointments with providers due to limited supplies of vaccines. 

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