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Police, fire personnel will soon have access to COVID-19 vaccine, DHS announces

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 14:25:40-05

Police and fire personnel will soon be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced on Monday.

DHS announced that police and fire personnel would be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Jan. 18.

Front line health care workers and long-term care facility residents were the first group of people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Our goal is to get [the] vaccine to everyone in Wisconsin who wants it as quickly and safely as possible,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Our systems are up and running, now we need more vaccine to get through as many Wisconsinites who want to protect themselves against COVID-19 as possible. We urge everyone to continue wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing as we continue to vaccinate more Wisconsinites."

Local health departments will be in charge of coordinating the vaccination of police and fire personnel, as well as EMS staff and "unaffiliated health care providers in their jurisdictions."

According to DHS, there are an estimated 550,000 Wisconsinites who qualify under Phase 1A, and as of Jan. 10, the state has administered 151,502 vaccine doses.

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