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Wisconsin has sharply cut back its request for COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government, the Associated Press reports, as some counties here experience high rates of vaccine hesitancy. In Clark County, where the vaccination rate is among the lowest in Wisconsin, the head of immunization says making vaccines more convenient and providing more information to the skeptical may not lead to higher rates. Currently, just 25% of the county’s residents have gotten one dose, compared to 44.4% statewide. Wisconsin officials are counting on the 21% of the state’s population who are children to become eligible for vaccines, boosting the proportion of residents protected from COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized Pfizer to provide shots to children ages 12 to 15.

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Vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are seen during a free vaccination clinic on March, 9, 2021, run by The Hmong Institute at Life Center in Madison, Wis. Credit: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes — Associated Press

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12  — Associated Press

Clark County battling vaccine hesitancy — Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

FdL County public health officer: Politics may play a role in vaccination rates — WBAY

Expanding COVID-19 eligibility would be a big step toward herd immunity, health officials say — WPR

Fearing medical and governmental overreach, white evangelical Protestants resist the COVID-19 vaccine most — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Minnesota gets creative in COVID-19 vaccine outreach — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Dane County leads state in COVID-19 vaccination, but racial disparities persist — Wisconsin State Journal

State and local officials push COVID-19 vaccine as tourism season approaches — WTMJ

Tourism in a second pandemic summer — PBS Wisconsin

Pewaukee parents want their children ‘free of masks’ in schools and say requiring them is breaking the law — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Local air travel expected to pick up in 2021 as COVID-19 vaccines continue — Beloit Daily News

Report: Wisconsin students feel disconnected, want more mental health services — WPR

Madison-area contractors adjust to booming business, scarce supplies and skyrocketing costs — Cap Times

Quotable

“Vaccine-hesitant folks may not accept the vaccine, no matter what information we provide or how convenient the vaccine service is made. At some point, we will have vaccinated everyone who wants the vaccine. I think we may be at that point in Clark County.”

Kelsey Wussow, Clark County’s immunization program coordinator, speaking to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Clark County has the lowest vaccination rate in Wisconsin.

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 Monday that 44.4% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81.5% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 37.4% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 76.7% of those older than 65. 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 indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Monday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 532 new daily infections. The state also reported no new COVID-19 deaths, leaving the full toll at 6,904. 

WisContext offers this visualization:

Find a vaccine site near you

DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.  

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