Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-07-22 14:19:32 –
By SCOTT BAUER
Madison, Wisconsin (AP) — Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers urged those over the age of 12 to attend school in the fall to be vaccinated with COVID-19 as soon as possible. A more contagious delta variant.
Calls from Evers and the state’s Supreme Health Authority occur amid growing concerns about the increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and across the country.
In Wisconsin, as of Thursday, the seven-day average of newly identified cases was 242, three times that of two and a half weeks ago.
“Being vaccinated now means that students can go back to the classroom and make sure they don’t have to miss face-to-face lessons or extracurricular activities,” Evers said in a statement. “The COVID-19 vaccine is the best precaution against the virus and allows children to return to learning safely and uninterrupted.”
Only people over the age of 12 can be vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for children aged 12 to 17 years, but it should be given twice every 28 days. That’s why, as schools begin in Wisconsin in early September, Evers and State Department Secretary Karen Timberlake urged people to take immediate action.
“With the recent increase in new cases and the highly realistic threat of delta mutants, vaccination continues to be the best tool to prevent further disruption to schools and universities throughout the state,” Timberlake said. Stated in a statement.