Evers tours Kenosha County vaccine site, says it's a 'well-oiled' machine

NOW: Evers tours Kenosha County vaccine site, says it’s a ’well-oiled’ machine

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Kenosha County gave a behind-the-scenes look at their new vaccination clinic on Friday, March 12. Governor Tony Evers was there for a tour, and called it a well-oiled machine. 

It comes a day after the state announced the next group eligible for vaccinations. 

The new clinic is located at the old Shopko building, 5300 52nd Street. It's where officials say they now have more than double the capacity to help those who are now eligible in Kenosha County. 

The new site replaces the former and smaller location at the job center. 

"Registration stations. We now have 12 of them. We only had four to five at our previous location. So the fact that we have 12 now more than doubles our capacity," said Dr. Jen Freiheit, director/health officer for the Kenosha County Division of Health. 

The staff includes members of the Wisconsin National Guard, county workers, health department staff and volunteers. 

"The longest wait here even from the end is about 10 minutes," said Dr. Freiheit. 

People then head over to receive their vaccine from one of 25 vaccinators which will include volunteers, college students and health department staff. 

"In Kenosha County, they have helped us, as all the counties have helped us, become a leader in the nation and leader in the region," said Gov. Evers. 

The county received its first vaccine doses in December, and administered them the same day. So far, 18 percent of the county has received at least one shot. 

The Kenosha County clinic vaccinated 2,000 people Thursday, March 11, and planned to do the same Friday, March 12. 

"It means us getting back to normal. Getting us to be with our families again," said Alexes Moralez, who received the first vaccine. 

"I hope everyone gets vaccinated because I think that’s the only way we can go on," said Jodi Giordano, who received the second vaccine. 

It's important to note the center is not open to the public. You'll still need to make an appointment online or over the phone. 

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