Wisconsin's vaccine distribution subcommittee works to identify essential workers

Posted at 4:38 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:38:59-05

MILWAUKEE — As Wisconsin gets ready for potential emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, health leaders with the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee met to discuss how to distribute the vaccine during phase 1B, which includes essential workers.

Committee members said they understand this next challenge in the distribution process of the vaccine.

“The coordination is going to be immense,” Dr. Rajiv Naik.

The committee is now tasked to define essential workers and identify those who need the vaccine first. The subcommittee is considering looking at economic status, ability to mitigate risks, age, health conditions along with taking a look at the bigger impact in the community.

Committee members anticipate pharmacies and clinics will vaccinate essential workers but are unsure how to verify those who fall in this category.

The Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee will meet again on Tuesday to continue discussions on how to define essential workers.

Wisconsin is expected to get 100,000 doses of Moderna's covid-19 vaccine pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel.

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