On December 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine. The Department of Health Services (DHS) is distributing the Pfizer vaccine to regional hubs across the state. On December 18, the Moderna vaccine was issued an EUA and shipments are expected to arrive in Wisconsin starting December 22.
From December 14 through December 20, the first week of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program rollout, the state’s vaccine data are as follows:
- 84,825 doses of Pfizer and 100,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine have been allocated to Wisconsin.
- 10,358 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and reported to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, including 10,358 doses of Pfizer.
The federal government will continue to provide Wisconsin with vaccine doses as more supply becomes available. Allocations of the FDA-authorized vaccines are expected to increase substantially in 2021 as more vaccine becomes available.
Due to the initial limited supply of vaccine, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) developed Wisconsin-specific recommendations on vaccine prioritization. Based on these Phase 1a recommendations from federal and state health experts, the first populations to receive vaccine will be frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
As supply increases, recommendations will likely expand to cover other essential workers, people ages 65 and older, and people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 to receive a vaccine. Later, as more supply becomes available, groups of people at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 and the general public will be recommended to get vaccines.
The Forest County Health Department is enrolled as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider and is awaiting further information from DHS about our allocations for each phase. We will continue to provide updates and further vaccination planning as it is available from DHS.
Getting vaccinated will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community. A COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting sick and potentially prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you. A vaccine, however, does not replace the need to continue other actions to stop the spread and keep ourselves healthy.