Saturday, February 13, 2021

Kenosha County says it's cracking down on Illinois residents crossing the border for vaccine appointments

From JSOnline:
Mary Spicuzza
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Kenosha County says it's cracking down to make sure out-of-state line jumpers aren't getting shots of COVID-19 vaccine at clinics in the county, which is located along the Illinois border.

"Our vaccination clinics are for Kenosha County residents 65+ and in the 1A category, or people in those categories who work in Kenosha County," Kenosha Health Officer Jen Freiheit said in a statement. "We are trying our best to discourage non-residents and some might have slipped through, but we are working to crack down on that going forward."

Freiheit added: "While we want to get as many shots in arms as possible, Kenosha County residents are our priority."

Freiheit's comments come after a woman contacted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to report some family members, including a couple in their 50s who live in the Chicago suburbs — and don't work in Wisconsin — were able to book appointments with the Kenosha County Division of Health and get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kenosha. 

Those currently eligible to get vaccinated in Wisconsin include health care workers, residents and staff in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, people 65 or older, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and corrections officers. 

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