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Black and Latino elected officials and leaders in Racine are urging residents of color to get vaccinated, the Journal Times reports. The effort is an attempt to bring more protection to communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. On Tuesday, the city opened a community vaccination clinic, and it is offering free bus rides to anyone traveling to get the vaccine. The Journal Times found that in Racine County, as of Monday, 23.6% of all residents have received at least one COVID shot — roughly equivalent to the statewide average of 25.7%. However, only 8.6% of all of the county’s African-American residents have received one shot, compared to 23.2% of white residents, 9.5% of Hispanic residents and 16.2% of Asian residents.

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“This is the best defense we have going forward and the best chance we have to get back to normalcy.”

Racine City Council President John Tate II urging fellow residents of color to get vaccinated.

Data to note

Click on the image above to see Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 vaccine data, which is updated daily.

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Tuesday that 72.8% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 25.7% 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.

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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