Wisconsin to open vaccinations to general public Monday

Wisconsin health officials plan to make everyone in the state who is 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting next week.

Gov. Tony Evers tweeted Tuesday that anyone 16 or older can get shots beginning next Monday.

Currently, health care workers, people over 65, nursing home residents and staff, educators and people with underlying health conditions are eligible.

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State health officials have said that as of this Monday, more than 1 million people in the state, about 17% of Wisconsin’s population, had completed their vaccinations.

Also, the state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday that seven more pharmacy chains will receive vaccine this week as part of the federal retail pharmacy program.

The state reported 11 new deaths and 588 new cases on Tuesday, moving the totals to 6,612 deaths and 576,632 cases. Wisconsin’s seven-day test positivity rate by test rose to 2.7%.