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Today we feature a story by WPR’s Shamane Mills, who describes the various ways public health officials are trying to get vaccines to the roughly 57% of Wisconsinites who are not yet inoculated against COVID-19. “Communities in Wisconsin are pulling out all the stops to make it easier for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with walk-in sites, text messages and mobile clinics,” Mills reports. As the pace of vaccination slows, the Biden Administration announced a new push in rural areas to distribute shots to local health providers who are seen as more likely to convince reticent people to get the shots. On Tuesday, Biden announced a goal of getting 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated by July 4.
Biden aims for vaccinating 70% of adult Americans by July 4 — Associated Press
Buffalo County offering walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic — Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Dane County judge sides with public health department on setting COVID-19 restrictions — Wisconsin State Journal
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rise in Stateline Area — Beloit Daily News
St. Catherine’s students walk out of school, demanding virtual schooling amid COVID fears — Racine Journal Times
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Tuesday that 43.5% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 34.7% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 75.5% 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 Tuesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 633 new daily cases. The state also reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,850.
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 some providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.
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