Kenosha County reaches COVID-19 vaccine milestone

Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 14:02:24-05

Kenosha County has reached an essential milestone during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

As of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 50 percent of Kenosha County's 65-and-over population has received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced.

“While we still have a long way to go to reach our herd immunity goal of vaccinating 75 percent of our county’s entire population, we are proud to have already reached half of this most vulnerable population,” Freiheit said. “It’s our aim to get many more 65-plus residents in for vaccine in the coming weeks, before the state opens up vaccination to additional population groups in March.”

About 12.6 percent of Kenosha County's total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Earlier this month, Kenosha opened a call center for vaccine-eligible citizens to schedule vaccine appointments.

The center operates m 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 262-605-6799. Calls can be fielded in English or Spanish.

“We know that the supply of the vaccine continues to fall short of the considerable demand, but we are hopeful the situation will continue to improve as more doses are made available, more groups become eligible and more providers come online,” Freiheit said. “This will be a long process, but Kenosha County and its health partners are working to move through it as quickly as possible.”

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