Thursday, December 3, 2020

Wisconsin plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December, but health officials say they don't have funding for long-term program

From JSOnline:
Mary SpicuzzaAlison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin is set to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December, when it hopes to receive nearly 50,000 doses, state health officials said Wednesday.

"Our current understanding based on what we have been told by CDC is we will receive 49,725 the first week vaccine is distributed (December 14), but that is subject to change," said Elizabeth Goodsitt, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services. "We expect to get more shipments weekly to follow."

But Goodsitt also warned that the state is in dire need of funding to cover vaccine distribution costs.

"We are looking to all funding sources to support this effort," Goodsitt said in an email to the Journal Sentinel. "Even so, we will not have enough funding to carry out this program long-term, as CARES funding ends December 31, 2020.

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