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Over one million COVID-19 vaccine doses given to Wisconsinites

Public Health Madison Dane County shared that over the last month daily cases are in a steady...
Public Health Madison Dane County shared that over the last month daily cases are in a steady decline.(NBC)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 1:51 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 2:45 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - More than one million COVID-19 vaccines have been given out to Wisconsinites Wednesday, just over two months since the rollout of vaccines started in the state.

The Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard indicates that 740,450 Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the shot, while 263,877 Wisconsinites have completed their vaccine series. These numbers make up 12.7% and 4.5% of the total population, respectively.

Gov. Tony Evers called the milestone “exciting news” and thanked all people who were able to make this happen.

Pfizer vaccines were first expected to arrive in the Badger State in mid-December of 2020, with UW Health being the first system to immunize their employees. Respiratory therapist Tina Schubert received the vaccine on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. By Wednesday of that week, Wisconsin’s top health official said nearly 200 health care workers in the state had been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Within a month of the rollout, DHS reports that just over 242,000 doses had been administered. The second month of the rollout made way for more than 763,000 shots into arms.

While the week is not over yet, DHS notes that 46,375 doses have been given out so far.

More age groups in Wisconsin have exceeded the 10%-mark for having received at least one dose of the vaccine. Age groups 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 are all at or have surpassed that benchmark. The percentage of adults ages 65 and older have continued to increase, with 41.5% of people in this age group having been vaccinated.

The number of vaccine doses administered in Wisconsin also surpassed one million doses on Wednesday. This number is representative of the total number of doses given out at state vaccine clinics, but it does not necessarily mean the doses were given to Wisconsin residents. These doses could be given to residents who live in border states, but work or study in Wisconsin.

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