What’s going on with COVID-19 vaccinations in Milwaukee and Wisconsin? We’re keeping tabs on the story in this updated roundup piece.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The initial shipment of 16,000 doses is expected to arrive this week, with a total of 100,000 doses expected in the upcoming weeks.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have placed people 75 and older, as well as frontline essential workers, next in line for COVID-19 vaccinations. The bumped groups will be part of the 1b phase (see below), which is expected to begin in January.
A few things to keep in mind: Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two-dose deals, with shots separated by 3-4 weeks. There may be flu-like side effects. Keep wearing a mask.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Well, it looks like Wisconsin will only receive 35,100 initial doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as opposed to the previously promised 49,725 doses. “This is unacceptable. Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “Our healthcare workers and long-term care residents need this vaccine that is ready and available. We call on the federal government to send us more vaccine without delay.”
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has activated the federal government’s pharmacy distribution program for the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning December 28, with the help of Walgreens and CVS, residents and staff of long-term care facilities will be vaccinated on-site with the Moderna vaccine. “This announcement is another step forward toward ensuring our most vulnerable Wisconsinites get the vaccine quickly and safely,” Gov. Tony Evers said.
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin is expecting 49,725 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week. Shipments will increase in the weeks and months to come. The vaccine will be delivered to eight regional hubs equipped with “ultra-low temperature storage capabilities.”
UW Health in Madison received an initial shipment of 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Respiratory therapist Tina Schubert became the first UW Health employee and one of the first Wisconsinites to receive the vaccine.