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WI Vaccine Cliff Notes: Shots Offered for Kids, Chippewa Co. Slows, State Numbers Plateau

WI Vaccine Cliff Notes: Shots Offered for Kids, Chippewa Co. Slows, State Numbers Plateau

 Add Wisconsin to the list of states offering the coronavirus vaccine to kids as young as 12.

The state’s Department of Health Services yesterday announced it will begin offering the shots to kids in junior high and high school starting today. The CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine for younger teens yesterday. DHS says it will work with local health departments and local schools to get the vaccines to the newly eligible children.

 Just about 37 percent of people in Chippewa County are fully vaccinated, but the county’s health director says it will likely be a long time before that number hits 40 percent.

Health Director Angela Weideman yesterday said vaccine demand in the county has slowed. There’s so little demand, she’s ordering fewer doses. CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM CHIPPEWA CO. HEALTH OFFICIALS.

Pretty much everyone in Wisconsin who wanted a coronavirus shot has gotten one.

Now, health managers say they have to do the ‘hard part’ and convince the rest of the state to get vaccinated. Department of Health Services’ Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk yesterday said that means getting creative in bringing the vaccine to the people and changing people’s minds. DHS says about 45 percent of the state has gotten one dose of the vaccine, another 37 percent have gotten both doses.

But the state says vaccine demand has slowed significantly since its peak in early April. CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM WI DHS.

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