Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that all Wisconsin residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, April 5.
We’re proud our state continues to be a national leader in getting folks vaccinated,” Evers tweeted after the announcement. “Here in Wisconsin, we’ve administered 2.7 m COVID-19 vaccine doses, fully vaccinated 1M Wisconsinites, fully vaccinated over half of folks 65+, and we’re not done yet!”
We’re proud our state continues to be a national leader in getting folks vaccinated. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve⁰⁰✅administered 2.7M #COVID19 vaccine doses⁰✅fully vaccinated 1M Wisconsinites ⁰✅fully vaccinated over half of folks 65+⁰⁰and we’re not done yet!
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) March 30, 2021
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The vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of insurance. Almost 600 new pharmacy locations will be giving out vaccinations soon, according to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, including CVS, Costco and Hy-Vee. Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 16 and 17 year olds.
According to a news release from Evers’ office, “some areas of the state may have a higher demand for vaccinations and may have waitlists. Vaccine providers will prioritize anyone previously eligible such as public-facing essential workers and people with medical conditions.”
In Milwaukee County, 27.5% of the population has received one dose of the vaccine and 14.2% are fully vaccinated, slightly behind the state percentages of 29.7% and 17.4%, respectively. Statewide, 57.3% of Wisconsin residents over the age of 65 have been fully vaccinated.
“This is a major step for our state. Many more people will now have access to vaccine,” Milwaukee County’s Emergency Management Medical Director Dr. Ben Weston said during a news conference Tuesday. “However, that also means that starting Monday, and at least for the foreseeable future, there will be much more competition to get the vaccine. So for those who are currently eligible and have been on the fence about getting vaccinated or have wanted to allow others who may have been at higher risk to go first, now is your time to get vaccinated before the door opens wider on Monday.”
If you’d like to sign up for an appointment, you can look for availability on the Wisconsin Vaccine Registry, the state map of vaccine providers, or DHS’ guide to where you can get vaccinated, all linked here.