Data show Wisconsin has wasted few COVID-19 vaccine doses — 3/15/21

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As Wisconsin tops 2 million shots in the arms of state residents, newly released data show that health care providers here have wasted very few of the precious doses. Wisconsin Watch/WPR reporter Bram Sable-Smith finds that just .16% of the 1.4 million vaccine doses allocated to Wisconsin in February were wasted, according to data from the state Department of Health Services. The biggest loss remains the bizarre case of a conspiracy-minded Grafton pharmacist who intentionally destroyed more than 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine because he believed it was unsafe. That pharmacist has pleaded guilty to two criminal counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product and is awaiting sentencing. 

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“The deaf community lost out a lot when we started masking. Your facial expressions and the ability to read lips was gone — you’ve just taken away 98% of their communication.”

Coleen Cudo, a sign language interpreter for Mayo Clinic Health System, speaking to the La Crosse Tribune

Data to note

Click on the image above to see Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 vaccine data, which is updated daily.

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 68.4% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 21.6% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents. 

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. On Monday, DHS reported 294 additional cases and no new deaths, leaving the statewide death toll unchanged at 6,536. 

WisContext offers this visualization. 

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DHS has this interactive map of vaccine providers across Wisconsin. Vaccinations are generally by appointment only and it may take time to schedule appointments with providers due to limited supplies of vaccines. 

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