More than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Monday, Aug. 1, that more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the State of Wisconsin, including over 2.5 million additional and booster doses. More than 60% of all Wisconsinites have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series and 35% have received an additional or booster dose.
“Wisconsin’s vaccine providers have worked tirelessly these past few years, and we’ve been proud over the course of this pandemic to be a national leader in getting available shots in arms,” said Gov. Evers. “This is a tremendous milestone, and we couldn’t have gotten here without the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. Whether you’re administering shots, scheduling appointments, answering phones, or sanitizing workstations – thank you.”
According to a news release, data continues to show that COVID-19 vaccines are doing their job by preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. In June, people who were unvaccinated were hospitalized at a rate nearly 5 times that of people who had been vaccinated with a primary series only, and 2.5 times the rate of those who had received their primary series and booster dose.
Additionally, people who were unvaccinated died at a rate 6.4 times the rate of people who had been vaccinated with a primary series only, and 3.5 times the rate of those who had received their primary series and booster dose. DHS continues to recommend the use of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to prevent severe illness and death. For maximum protection, DHS urges all Wisconsinites to get a booster dose as soon as they become eligible. COVID-19 therapeutics are also effective at preventing the severity of the virus if you do test positive.
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