Wisconsin passed another positive milestone on Wednesday when it passed 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to residents. That's with the vaccine requiring two doses to be effective, and with 5.8 million people living in the state.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 1,023,573 vaccine doses have been given to residents. That's on top of a total of over 1.4 million doses allocated - or earmarked - by the federal government for Wisconsin, just over 1 million doses ordered and about 157,000 doses on their way to the state.
Exciting news, Wisconsin! As of today, we have administered 1,000,000 doses of #COVID19 vaccine in our state. Thank you to everyone who has made this 1 million—and millions more to come—possible.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) February 17, 2021
Stay healthy, stay safe, and let's get through this together, Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/48fnLRIVLB
Gov. Tony Evers released a video over social media to mark the achievement on Wednesday.
"I wanted to take a moment to share some exciting news. As of today, we have administered 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin. Those 1 million doses have gone towards neighbors who work at local hospitals, loved ones in nursing homes, EMS and first responders ready to respond to emergencies in communities and to grandparents and folks over 65 - Wisconsinites all across our state," Evers said.
The negative COVID-19 metrics we have been tracking for over a year now are plummeting. DHS reported 76 hospitalizations, 10 deaths and just over 650 positive cases on Wednesday - numbers far lower than the peaks earlier this winter and last fall.
But health officials in southeastern Wisconsin and across the state continue to urge residents, even with the vaccine increasingly available, to wear masks, socially distance and follow the other safety guidelines.
President Joe Biden said during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee Tuesday that he is hopeful elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office.
“I said open a majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be open in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,” Biden said.
The COVID-19 vaccines are the centerpiece of that effort, and it appears Wisconsin is making progress in that area.