DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: March 5, 2021

Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in COVID-19 vaccine administration.

  • As of March 5:
    • 1.6 million doses administered
    • 17.6% of Wisconsin’s population (over 1,000,000) has received their first dose
    • 9.8% of Wisconsin’s population (over 572,000) has completed their series
    • 59.8% of people age 65 or older (over 600,000) have received their first dose
    • 29.2% (almost 300,000) of people age 65 or older have completed their two-dose series
  • Our goal is 80% of the population will complete their series 
  • Wisconsin currently ranks third in the nation in percentage of doses administered (94% compared to national average of 80%) (NY Times)
  • Wisconsin ranks first among Upper Midwest states in total doses administered/100,000 population (25,778/100,000); 13th in the nation (CDC) (excluding territories, federal entities, D.C.)


  • On March 1, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (in priority order):
    • Frontline health care personnel
    • Residents of long-term care
    • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
    • Adults age 65 and older
    • Education and child care staff
    • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
    • Some public-facing essential workers such as 911 operators, public transit, and grocery store employees
    • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
    • Facility staff and residents of congregate living settings

While groups are prioritized, all the people who are listed in these groups are eligible as of March 1. More information about these eligibility groups and where to find available vaccine is available on the DHS vaccine webpage.

  • On March 1, DHS announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed for use, expanding vaccine supply nationwide. FDA issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on February 27, 2021.
  • On March 2, DHS announced that certain Kroger pharmacies will start to receive COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Kroger joins Walgreens as pharmacy participants in the program to help provide a broader reach into communities in need of vaccine. In Wisconsin, Kroger includes the following Roundy’s pharmacies: Metro Market and Pick-n-Save. To schedule an appointment:
  • On March 4, DHS announced that in addition to the numerous resources available on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine page, Wisconsinites can now call 844-684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions.
  • On March 4, Governor Evers announced that he will meet with educators and local leaders for the opening day of the community-based vaccination clinic in La Crosse County on March 9. The La Crosse County site will be the second DHS community-based vaccination clinic in Wisconsin.
  • Today, Gov. Tony Evers and DHS announce that one million Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Well over half of those individuals have already completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.
1 million Wisconsinites vaccinated

Today's Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data about Wisconsin's vaccination effort. DHS updates the allocated, ordered, and in transit numbers every Tuesday, and the administered number is updated every weekday at 2 p.m.

  • Allocated: 1,895,025 doses
  • Ordered: 1,474,205 doses
  • In transit: 207,100 doses
  • Administered: 1,631,270 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.

Resources for Wisconsinites Eligible to Get the Vaccine

If you are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine and need to learn more, the following resources are available on the DHS website:

Where we are going next

More than 700,000 Wisconsinites became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine on March 1. It will take months for everyone who is currently eligible to get vaccinated. We are still making decisions about who will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine next. We are committed to the equitable and fair distribution of the vaccine and are following prioritization guidelines from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC). This decision on next eligible groups will be announced soon and the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility page will be updated once information is available.

Get Tested and Help Us Track Variants

As of March 5, DHS has identified 26 cases of SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.7 and one case of Variant B.1.351. Testing helps individuals keep their community safe, and helps us identify and track new strains, which can only be detected through positive molecular (PCR) tests. Getting tested keeps those in your immediate circle safe and helps Wisconsin monitor for new strains of COVID-19.

#YouStopTheSpread by getting tested.

Tracking variant strains of Sars-Cov-2

COVID-19 Resources

New Vaccine Safety and Efficacy Webpage

A vaccinated person has a far lower risk of getting severely sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19, no matter which vaccine they get. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy on DHS’s new webpage. The webpage contains information about the available COVID-19 vaccines; vaccine efficacy; different types of vaccines; and how vaccines are developed.

Communicating in other languages

Other Languages, Graphics, and Print Materials

DHS materials are available in multiple languages as electronic files you can view online or download and print. You can use these materials at home or for your business. Visit the DHS website to view what resources are available to you.

New translated material:


If you are feeling ill or if you may have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, visit our testing page to learn the different ways you can get tested.

Resilient Wisconsin we will get through this together

Resilient Wisconsin

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to temporarily change the way we work and live, go to school, and spend time together. Learn how to cope—and help others cope—with the grief, stress, and anxiety caused by the biggest health challenge of our time.

If you need additional support, learn about available helplines, hotlines, and virtual support meetings.

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