Next step in Wisconsin vaccine campaign: educating the hesitant — 4/6/21

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Wisconsin may soon reach a turning point in its thus-far successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

Demand has outstripped supply in the campaign’s first three-plus months, but that trend may reverse as more vaccines become available — shifting the state’s focus to persuading those who are hesitant to receive shots. 

“State and federal health officials are hoping most people will want the COVID-19 vaccine, but they know some won’t. That could determine whether Wisconsin and the rest of the world, for that matter, is able to end the pandemic,” Shamane Mills reports for WPR. 

As states and the federal government continue wide-ranging vaccine education campaigns, one expert says that shaming hesitant people won’t help. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday announced that the federal government will support a mass-vaccination site at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center beginning on Wednesday, boosting its vaccination capacity to 1,400 shots daily.

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“It’s amazing to me how it’s not the same as being in school and being in a classroom with each other, but it isn’t as remote and lonely as I thought it would be.”

Julie Welch, a teacher with the La Crosse School District’s Coulee Region Virtual Academy, reflecting on remote teaching for Outbreak Wisconsin, a project of WPR and Wisconsin Watch 

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 Tuesday that 76.8% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 33.4% of the state’s overall population. More than one in five Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated. 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 Tuesday, the state DHS reported 886 new cases, the highest figure since Feb. 12. The state also reported eight new COVID-19 deaths, pushing the full toll to 6,648. 
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Find a vaccine site near you

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. Curious about how well your county is doing on vaccinations? The Washington Post created this searchable map

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