Milwaukee VA Medical Center now vaccinating people 65 years or older

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 22:06:22-05

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee VA Medical Center says it is now vaccinating veterans 65 years or older and others at risk, as Wisconsin ramps up its effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine outside of frontline medical workers.

The Center shared on social media Wednesday that it is vaccinating people 65 years or older, people undergoing chemotherapy or homeless residents.

The VA's facilities in Milwaukee, as well as in Appleton, Cleveland, Green Bay and Union Grove, are contacting people when their vaccine priority group is reached.

For more information, head to their website here.

This comes after federal authorities announced changes to guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout earlier this week.

The shift in recommendations included urging states to expand vaccine access to everyone who is 65 and older as well as to people under 65 with comorbidities. The Trump administration also announced it would release millions of vaccines that were in reserve for second doses. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require a two-dose series for the most protection against the virus.

As Wisconsin continues to vaccinate Group 1A, which includes healthcare workers and people in long-term care facilities, there has been a consistent plea to the federal government for more vaccines.

On Monday, Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services called on federal authorities for a larger weekly allotment, adding that this week for the first time the demand for vaccine exceeded the state's supply.

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