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People with disabilities at back of the vaccine line — 3/17/21

Appleton Post-Crescent reporter Madeline Heim found that some Wisconsin residents with disabilities were being denied access to vaccines, even though the state has prioritized them for inoculation. Starting March 1, people enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, such as Family Care and IRIS, were eligible for COVID-19 shots “but many vaccine providers didn’t get that message,” Heim found.

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Vaccine eligibility moved up for residents with health conditions — 3/16/21

As COVID-19 vaccine — and federal funding — flows into Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday pushed up the eligibility for residents with certain underlying health conditions to March 22. This group includes an estimated 2 million people with conditions including heart or liver problems, obesity, diabetes and cancer. It also includes people who are pregnant or immunocompromised. These residents had been scheduled to become eligible a week later, on March 29. Milwaukee County further expanded eligibility to anyone 18 or older living in 10 at-risk ZIP codes.

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Data show Wisconsin has wasted few COVID-19 vaccine doses — 3/15/21

As Wisconsin tops 2 million shots in the arms of state residents, newly released data show that health care providers here have wasted very few of the precious doses. Wisconsin Watch/WPR reporter Bram Sable-Smith finds that just .16% of the 1.4 million vaccine doses allocated to Wisconsin in February were wasted, according to data from the state Department of Health Services.

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Hunting for a vaccine? These tips might help — 3/12/21

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.

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New CDC guidance offers freedom for the vaccinated — 3/8/21

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released long-awaited guidance Monday on how to stay safe even after vaccination. The agency says fully vaccinated people can gather safely indoors without masks with other fully vaccinated people or “low-risk” unvaccinated people from the same household. But it recommends vaccinated people continue to wear masks when they go out in public.

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More than 1 million in Wisconsin have gotten first COVID-19 vaccine dose — 3/5/21

More than 1 million people in Wisconsin have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and more than 500,000 have received two doses, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday, touting a statewide vaccination campaign whose pace had frustrated some still waiting but is among the quickest in the country.