|ER nurse Stephanie Fidlin, left, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Jim Gruenewald, an Ascension Wisconsin ICU nurse at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital in Franklin on Dec. 16, 2020 (Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).|
Wisconsin’s vaccine distribution — like most everything else in Wisconsin in recent years — has sparked a partisan blame game.
Republicans have criticized the rollout as slow and uncoordinated, asserting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn’t have a sufficient plan. Evers has countered that he’s doing the best he can with the available supply, claiming Vice President Mike Pence had promised vaccines from a federal reserve that didn’t actually exist.
Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, a potential 2022 gubernatorial candidate, said Evers is leading an effort that ranks among the worst in the region.
"Wisconsin is second to last in the Midwest in our vaccination rate and the governor says he’s ‘satisfied,’" Kleefisch, the former lieutenant governor under Gov. Scott Walker, said in a Jan. 14, 2021, tweet.