Gov. Tony Evers announces mobile COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to quicken state’s pace — 1/15/21

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday announced a new mobile COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to quicken the state’s pace.

The program will launch nine mobile teams on Tuesday, with plans to scale up as Wisconsin expands eligibility for vaccines. Wisconsin National Guard members will staff the teams along with University of Wisconsin System nursing and pharmacy students. The volunteers will complete safety training. 

Local and tribal health departments can call on the mobile teams if they identify gaps in vaccine access or exhaust supplies before meeting demands, according to a media release from Evers’ office

“It has always been our goal to get folks vaccinated as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible,” Evers said. “These mobile vaccination teams are going to help us do just that by continuing to expand vaccine distribution across our state, leveraging partnerships and our best resources to meet folks where they are in their own communities.”

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Dan Powers / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Public health nurse Jess Moyle administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to firefighter Bryce Sternhagen Tuesday at City Hall in downtown Appleton.

‘A slap in the face to the people of Wisconsin’: Evers says Pence promised him vaccine doses that don’t exist — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

‘I don’t know what to do’: With weekly unemployment claims rising, Wisconsinites are still waiting for answers — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

More than 26,000 people in Wisconsin have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine; Dane, Milwaukee counties lead in shots so far — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Rock Haven lays off staff who decline COVID-19 vaccine — Janesville Gazette 

When can I get my COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s the latest on the rollout in Outagamie, Calumet counties — Appleton Post-Crescent 

Eviction moratorium ends soon; renters, landlords both need help — WISN 12

Strict protocols, spaced-out meetings enable Packers to avoid ‘hot water’ of Jared Veldheer’s positive COVID-19 status — Wisconsin State Journal

Report paints bleak picture of K-12 learning last spring, with some Wisconsin school districts reporting no progress after shutdown — USA Today Network-Wisconsin 

DHS questions Janesville school vaccination plan — WISC-TV

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“We didn’t know which vaccine we were going to get and each one of those have a set of logistics that go around it. …We worked our way through that. Overall, I think it’s gone pretty well.”

Raymond Przybelski, director of Portage County’s health department, speaking to the Stevens Point Journal

“We’ve known that these vaccines were coming, and we’ve known that this process needed to be put into place for several months now, and for us to wait until July to be able to get to the general public … that’s not fast enough.”

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, the chair of the Assemby’s health committee, criticizing the state’s vaccine rollout, as quoted by WPR

Data to note

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers this snapshot of the state’s progress on vaccinations.

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, deaths and hospitalizations. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday reported a seven-day average of 29 new daily COVID-19 deaths. The state’s full COVID-19 death toll is 5,322 — with 463 of those deaths reported since Jan. 1.  

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed.

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