Live updates: Coronavirus vaccinations underway in Wisconsin

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 10:37:40-05

After emergency approval from the FDA, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine began arriving at Wisconsin hospitals on Dec. 14. Frontline healthcare workers are now being vaccinated across the state, with other populations to follow.

Return to this page often for live updates as Wisconsin undergoes a historic vaccination campaign:

Latest updates:

Friday, Dec. 18

9:35 a.m. -- Milwaukee Health Department releases tentative COVID-19 vaccination schedule

Thursday, Dec. 17

3 p.m. -- Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday

Front line clinicians at Aurora BayCare and Aurora Sheboygan began receiving COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday.

Clinicians working in emergency departments, intensive care units, and other settings with COVID-19 patients were the first get the vaccines.

11 a.m. -- Children's Wisconsin to vaccinate employees Thursday afternoon

Children's Wisconsin will be giving its first COVID-19 vaccines to staff Thursday afternoon.

The hospital said the employees that will be vaccinated are some who work closely with patients and families.

8 a.m. -- Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin to receive shipment of vaccines Thursday

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are awaiting shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an email sent to staff Thursday.

Froedtert and MCW are receiving almost 3,000 doses of the vaccine on Thursday. Vaccinations of staff will begin immediately, the hospital system says.

7 a.m. -- FDA panel to meet, vote on granting Emergency Use Authorization to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

An FDA panel will meet on Thursday and vote on whether to recommend Emergency Use Authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna.

If the vote passes, it will keep the Moderna vaccine on schedule to be distributed to patients across the country as early next week.

Thursday's meeting of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will begin at 9 a.m. and likely last until around 6 p.m. Before the close of the meeting, the committee will hold a vote on whether to recommend Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Wednesday, Dec. 16

9 p.m. -- Ascension Wisconsin administers first COVID-19 vaccines to front line workers

Ascension Wisconsin announced that its first front line workers were given the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday evening.

The first worker who received the vaccine was critical care pulmonologist Dr. Joseph Weber.

"I'm excited and honored to be the first caregiver at Ascension Wisconsin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," said Dr. Weber. "I'm encouraging my colleagues to get the vaccination, and once it's available, the public as well. I'm thankful for my fellow caregivers, for their selflessness and dedication to providing compassionate care to our patients every day.” He continued, “Between Giannis signing the supermax and getting this vaccine today, my Christmas wish list is complete.”

Ascension said it plans on holding its first COVID-19 vaccine clinics for front line caregivers on Dec. 17.

6 p.m. -- Milwaukee VA administers first COVID-19 vaccine doses

Milwaukee VA administers first COVID-19 vaccine doses

COVID-19 vaccines are making their way through Wisconsin, with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center administering their first doses on Wednesday.

A doctor, a nurse, and a housekeeper working in high-risk areas were among the first.

3 p.m. -- Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccinations near 200, with more in store

Wisconsin's top health official says nearly 200 health care workers in the state had been vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.

Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm also says no spike in coronavirus cases were reported following the Thanksgiving holiday, but urged people to continue to remain vigilant with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching.

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