Wisconsin leaders, medical experts prep vaccine distribution plan

Posted at 6:43 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 19:43:32-05

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI — The COVID-19 vaccine is on its way. After the FDA grants its approval comes the challenge of getting the vaccine distributed.

“We have applied to be vaccinators in the first phase,” said Dimmy Sokhal, Chief Clinical Officer at Hayat Pharmacy.

Sokhal and Dr. Hashim Zaibak of Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee say they’ve already applied to be a provider of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to the pharmacy, Advocate Aurora and Froedtert/MCW have also applied to the state.

Dr. Zaibak said its important pharmacies are helping administer the vaccines when it’s ready.

“That’s a lot of injections and no single system in the state of Wisconsin can handle this volume alone,” he said.

On Thursday’s Department of Health Services briefing, vaccine distribution was the main topic of discussion.

“At a minimum, to continue our response for just for just the first quarter of 2021, we will need another $466 million,” said Gov. Tony Evers.

On the call, Evers said the state needs $10 million for vaccine infrastructure readiness, and another $2 million for public health awareness and education.

“Wisconsin is uniquely facing challenges other states are not,” Evers said.

At Hayat Pharmacy, they’re doing what they can to be ready to vaccinate people and prevent COVID-19.

The FDA is expected to make a decision on Pfizer's application for vaccine emergency use authorization next week.

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