Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-04-22 16:07:51 –
By SCOTT BAUER
Madison (AP) — The supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin is approaching a point of exceeding demand for the first time, with more than 50% of the eligible population receiving at least one vaccination and nearly 30% of the total population. It is completely inoculated. Vaccination.
State health leaders reach out to those who may have difficulty getting vaccinated or who have previously hesitated to get injections, while the supply-demand gap is closing on Thursday. He said that more and more emphasis was placed on it.
As an example of bridging the gap, Wisconsin Health Department Deputy Secretary Julie Willems van Dyck said vaccinated people requested 250,000 doses this week, down from 400,000 last week. Of the 250,000 doses requested, she said the state was available 150,000 for distribution to vaccinated people.
In addition, after the number of vaccinations increased for 7 consecutive weeks, the number of doses decreased from about 419,000 to 343,000 in the week starting April 11.
There were several reasons for the decrease, one of which was that after receiving 85,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines last week, the vaccine was stopped during the drop week. The high number of people vaccinated so far has also contributed to the decline in demand, she said.
“Think about it. You don’t get that many calls with each dose because you’ve already taken 4 million doses,” says Willems Van Dijk.
By Thursday, nearly 2.4 million people (41.1% of Wisconsin’s total population) had been vaccinated at least once, and more than 1.7 million (29.7% of the population) had been fully vaccinated, according to the State Health Department. I am. According to Willems van Dyck, an additional 1.5 million people will need to be fully vaccinated to reach the herd immunity target of 80% of the total population.
She said it is still possible to reach herd immunity by the holiday of July 4, if vaccination rates continue at the current pace. It is the goal set by President Joe Biden to reach herd immunity nationwide.
“Each vaccinated person protects himself and others better,” said Willems van Dyck. “We have made incredible progress. We will continue to do whatever we can to make progress.”
The state’s chief health officer, Dr. Ryan Westergard, said the goal is to reach 80%, but reaching 65% is not a failure.
“We have saved many lives,” he said.
Willems van Dyck is still vaccinated by the state holding a small community clinic and contacting people who may be hesitant in cooperation with pastors, doctors and other leaders. He said he was trying to reach out to those who did not.
Also on Thursday, leaders of the two largest institutions of the Wisconsin University system reiterated that students, faculty, and staff would not face the COVID-19 vaccination required to return to campus this fall.
UW-Madison Prime Minister Rebecca Blank and UW-Milwaukee Prime Minister Mark Monet said at a virtual luncheon that it is important for students to return to face-to-face courses this fall. Both schools have been hit hard by the prolonged pandemic caused by the loss of housing and food income. UW-Madison expects a total loss of $ 320 million by the end of June, according to Blank. Mone said UW-Milwaukee expects to lose about $ 90 million by then.
Mone said 75% of UW-System employees and about 20% of students have already been vaccinated.
WisPolitics.com and Milwaukee Press Club hosted a luncheon.