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Wisconsinites 65 and older approach new COVID-19 vaccine milestone

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 2:38 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsinites ages 65 and older are nearing closer to another vaccine milestone Tuesday, health officials report.

About 79.7% of residents 65 and older have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series, according to the Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard, close to reaching the 80%-mark which is near the top of what federal health officials would be necessary to reach herd immunity.

DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk has previously said that 70% of Wisconsin’s entire population would need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. The 65 and older age group is the only group in Wisconsin to be above 70% for having a completed series.

The 65 and older age group is leading the pack in terms of getting shots into arms, but they were also the first group eligible in the state to receive the vaccine.

Overall in Wisconsin, 43.2% of people have completed their vaccine series and 48.6% have received at least their first shot.

Other groups to note:
  • The 12-15 age group in Dane County is about four percent points away from surpassing the 18-24 age group in the area for first doses.
  • Nearly one fifth of Dane County kids ages 12-15 have completed their vaccine series.
  • More than 5.1 million vaccines have been administered total to Wisconsin residents, 12,463 of which were administered this week.
  • Sauk County is .1% away from reaching half of its residents with at least one COVID-19 shot.

Seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases increases slightly

DHS reports the seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 cases increased to 151 cases Tuesday, up from 132 the day before.

Health officials confirmed 181 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total in Wisconsin up to 611,168.

Eight people have also died Tuesday from the virus, DHS confirmed.

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