There will be four more community-based vaccination clinics in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services announced Tuesday morning.
The four clinics will be located in La Crosse, Racine, Marathon counties, as well as one split between Douglas and Barron counties. The locations are expected to open with the next couple of months.
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“Our first week of the DHS community-based vaccination clinic at Rock County was a success and we are excited to continue launching more of these community clinics across Wisconsin,” said Evers. “We are continuing to work to get vaccine doses across our state as soon as we have doses available. These community-based sites are going to be critical to our work making sure that Wisconsinites can get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic behind us.”
The clinics are through a collaboration between AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, the University of Wisconsin system and local public health departments.
The locations were selected to "address gaps in vaccine access and support vaccination efforts." Factors included population demographics, local health capacity, operations and the concentration of other vaccine providers.
“Our biggest priority is to get shots in arms equitably, quickly, and safely. That is why we will continue adopting strategies and engaging in partnerships that will reduce barriers for individuals currently eligible for vaccine,” said Interim DHS Secretary Karen Timberlake. “We are expanding our capacity to deliver COVID-19 vaccines as more vaccine becomes available and as more people are eligible to be vaccinated. Along with mobile vaccination teams, various local vaccine providers, and pharmacy partners, these clinics are one of the many ways that folks can protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.”
Currently, Wisconsin has over 1,800 vaccine providers to help get available vaccine to those who are eligible, DHS says.