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Gov. Evers: All Wisconsinites 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5

Governor Tony Evers. File photo.

Starting April 5, all Wisconsin residents 16 years old and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.

“We knew all along our COVID-19 vaccination program would be a massive undertaking, and we’re proud Wisconsin is currently leading the country in these efforts and that we’re now able to give all Wisconsinites 16 and older the opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “This marks a major milestone in our state’s fight against this virus and gets us closer to overcoming this pandemic and bouncing back together. Thank you to all the folks in public health, vaccinators, and staff helping make this possible.”

Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in administering vaccines quickly and has administered over 2.7 million doses. As of March 29, more than one million people have been fully vaccinated and more than a quarter of Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Some areas of the state may have a higher demand for vaccinations and may have waitlists, the governor’s office said in a press release, and vaccine providers will prioritize anyone previously eligible such as public-facing essential workers and people with medical conditions.

“We have built-up a strong network of vaccine providers across the state. Every community is different, some providers may have openings and others may have waitlists but I assure you that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one in the coming weeks,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to reach 80 percent community immunity in Wisconsin.”