Over 1 million Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The state of Wisconsin surpassed a major milestone in its fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. A new update from the agency shows more than a million residents have completed their vaccine series.
That number accounts for more than 17 percent of the total state population, including those for whom the vaccine has not been approved. To be considered fully vaccinated, an individual would have had to received either both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson version.
Dane County has one of the highest vaccination rates with 21 percent fully vaccinated, according to the Public Health Madison and Dane County dashboard.
“Relief. It’s so nice to know that the hard work and all the partnerships that we formed, all the doses that we’re putting into arms are helping us slowly get over this pandemic,” Tess Ellens, PHMDC Immunization Coordinator said.
One year of grim milestones: climbing Covid cases, rising numbers of patients and deaths.
But this year, public health officials say there’s a number to be proud of.
“It’s really exciting to hear those numbers,” Ellens said.
She explained for a long time supply wasn’t meeting demand. But with with more covid shots on tap, making sure people have access to the vaccine is top priority.
“Our big push right now is working on getting mobile teams out into the communities that may have some issues or barriers to access to vaccine to try increase those numbers first,” Ellens said.
DHS officials said they’re working with community leaders, churches and spokespeople to tackle vaccine hesitancy and dispel myths about the shot.
“People trust who they trust in their community. They may trust their mayor more than someone they trust at the federal level,” Julie Willems Van Dijk, DHS Deputy Secretary said in a Milwaukee Press Club Forum on Monday.
The DHS dashboard also shows nearly three in ten Wisconsinites, or over 1.7 million, have started the vaccination process, with the difference including those who received their first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but not their second.
Gov. Tony Evers praised Wisconsinites amid the state hitting this milestone.
“We’re happy to see folks in Wisconsin doing their part and getting vaccinated when it is their turn,” said Evers in a statement. “Keep up the good work, and we’ll be back to our Wisconsin way of life before you know it.”
The governor stated Wisconsin is ranked among the top in the country and first in the Great Lakes States for shots administered per 100,000 people. Wisconsin is the first in the nation in terms of the percentage of doses administered, he added.
Vaccine providers across the state have administered 1,435,330 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 1,231,260 doses of the Moderna one, while approximately 55,000 Johnson & Johnson doses have found their way into people’s arms.
Right now, the state is delivering 50,000 doses per day on average.
Among south-central Wisconsin counties, Iowa Co. leads the way with over 22 percent of its residents fully inoculated, with Dane Co. approximately a percentage point behind them. At the other end of the spectrum, Rock Co. shows only 16.2 percent of its residents have completed their series, while Dodge Co. sits at 14.4 percent.
In absolute numbers, however, Dane Co. has by far distributed the most in the region. The 115,517 people who are fully vaccinated only trails Milwaukee Co. by about 15,000 residents, despite have approximately 400,000 fewer people.
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