DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: January 29, 2021

This week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the next groups who will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting around March 1. This date is based on the current vaccine supply Wisconsin receives from the federal government and could change if Wisconsin’s vaccine supply increases or decreases.

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Today's Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data about Wisconsin's progress in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinating Wisconsinites. We update the allocation, ordered, and in transit data every Tuesday and update the administered data daily at 2 p.m.

  • Allocated: 846,399 doses
  • Ordered: 641,150 doses
  • In transit: 167,850 doses
  • Administered: 476,854 doses

Note: “Allocated” is the total number of all COVID-19 vaccine doses made available to Wisconsin by the federal government but may not be available to order because they include doses allocated for the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.

COVID-19 by the Numbers

Check out our COVID-19 data pages after 2 p.m. to get the latest details about the impact of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Wisconsinites who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

Where we are now

Wisconsin is currently vaccinating the following eligible populations:

  • Frontline health care workers
  • Nursing home and assisted living residents and staff
  • Police, fire department, and correctional staff
  • Adults aged 65 and over

If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the following resources are available on the DHS website:

Where we are going

DHS announced future groups tentatively eligible beginning March 1. Groups are being prioritized due to an increased risk of exposure or vulnerability to COVID-19 and are consistent with the recommendations from the State Disaster Medical Assistance Committee (SDMAC). The groups in priority order include:

  • Education and child care
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Staff and residents in congregate living settings

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

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Wearing a mask helps stop the spread of COVID-19—science says so!

Protect your loved ones, neighbors, and fellow Wisconsinites by wearing a face covering. Science shows that wearing a face covering can prevent the transmission of the respiratory droplets that spread COVID-19. Rates of COVID-19 have significantly increased in Wisconsin as more people have returned to work and are having more interactions in public. Wearing a face covering is the simplest way to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus without requiring people stay in their homes. Learn more about how wearing a mask helps protect everyone.

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Exposure Notification App

A reminder that the Wisconsin Exposure Notification app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store or enable in Settings on your iPhone. The more people who use the app, the faster we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The smartphone app uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Once you activate the app, your phone exchanges anonymous signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes. If somebody who has the app tests positive for COVID-19, they can then send an alert using the app to those other phones. This will allow people who are close contacts to quickly get the care they need and avoid exposing others to the virus.

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Throughout our communities, people from all walks of life are facing new challenges at work and at home. Maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional well-being in times like these can be tough, but for those living with uniquely stressful settings and situations, it may be even more difficult. Explore Resilient Wisconsin’s resources to find a starting point for support that can help you build resilience during times of increased risk or stress. These resources can help you find the best care for yourself, stay connected, and reduce stress. And remember, it’s ok to ask for help.

Media Briefings

  • Vaccine briefing from Tuesday, Jan. 26, with DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Dr. Stephanie Schauer
  • COVID-19 briefing from Friday, Jan. 29, with Governor Tony Evers, DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard, and Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of the Governor Ryan Nilsestuen,

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