MILWAUKEE — Over a million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated by the federal government for Wisconsin, meaning the doses are earmarked for the state and will eventually arrive when supplies are ready.
It is the first time vaccine allotment has risen above one million for the state. Of the 1,152,025 doses allocated as of Wednesday, almost 200,000 of those doses are slated for the Pharmacy Partnership Program, which guides vaccine distribution for residents and staff at long-term care facilities via pharmacies. Within the PPP program, about 113,000 doses have gone to skilled nursing facilities, while just under 140,000 doses have gone to assisted living facilities, according to the latest numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Doses are allocated based on Wisconsin's population compared to other states' populations - regardless of the state's vaccination phase, the DHS says.
A further 900,000 doses have been ordered for Wisconsin. Orders are placed every week based on the number of vaccine providers in the state who can schedule and administer doses for that week. Doses given through the Pharmacy Partnership Program are not included in the number of doses ordered.
Another 130,000 vaccine doses were shipped or are currently in-transit to Wisconsin over the last week.
About 822,900 vaccine doses have been administered to patients in Wisconsin so far. The vaccines available to state residents right now, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, both require two separate doses for the best protection against the coronavirus.
About 5.8 million people live in Wisconsin.