Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wisconsin residents 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday

From JSOnline:
Molly BeckAlison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - Everyone in Wisconsin age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot starting Monday. 

Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Tuesday, expanding the state's vaccine rollout to everyone in the state about four weeks earlier than planned. 

The move comes as President Joe Biden urged governors to make COVID-19 vaccines available to the general public by mid-April. 

Wisconsin will join six states — Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas — in expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults on Monday.

Vaccine supply is growing in Wisconsin. According to CDC data, the state got about 188,000 first doses of vaccine this week, which is nearly 45,000 more than the week before.  

Supply is more limited for teenagers, however. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17. No vaccines have been authorized for children younger than 16.

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