At least 1M Wisconsinites have received initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine

On Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the state’s Department of Health Services announced that one million people in the state have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, more than 500,000 individuals have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

“It’s been great to hear stories from across our state of nurses and doctors, parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers, filled with excitement as they get their shots,” Evers said in a video message. “While we still have a long way to go, the light is certainly at the end of the tunnel. And every day we are one step closer than yesterday to reaching community-wide immunity and getting back to our Wisconsin way of life. So, thank you to everyone who has gotten the vaccine and those who plan to get the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, and thank you to the vaccine providers across our state who are getting this done.”

As of Thursday, Wisconsin ranked among the top in the nation and first in the Upper Midwest regarding the number of doses administered per 100,000 people and is third in the nation in percentage of doses administered. Additionally, the Wisconsin governor’s office states over one in four Wisconsinites age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated, and nearly three in five have received their first dose.

“Having one million Wisconsinites with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is a good sign that our vaccination program is working,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “All three COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 and we urge folks to get a shot when it is their turn. With increased vaccine supply on the way, we hope to reach the next million even sooner.”