Supply continues to hold vaccinators back as the state reaches another milestone


MADISON, Wis.– COVID-19 vaccinations are happening faster than many first thought, but it still doesn’t feel fast enough for some.

“We’re really crossing thresholds,” Matt Anderson, a senior medical director at UW Health, said. “We’re going to be getting better and better.”

One million people are fully vaccinated in Wisconsin. Almost twice as many have at least one dose. That means 30 percent of the state’s population is somewhat protected if another wave of infection happens.

“Our ability to get people vaccinated more quickly is going to help us continue to keep those numbers low and ultimately, return to normal more quickly,” Anderson said.

Anderson says the proof lies within DHS data.

“You’ll see the 65 plus numbers are really low, lower than other age groups, and they’ve certainly been the priority for vaccination over the last month or two,” Anderson said.

Next, doctors hope to see numbers like those replicated across all categories.

“That’s the goal, to stop infections and stop the virus by getting the level of immunity we get with the vaccine,” Regional Vice President of Pharmacy Services at SSM Health Mo Kharbat said.

While the demand for vaccinations is filling nearly every appointment in the region, Kharbat said the supply can’t keep up.

“Can we increase our capacity even further? Sure, if we have the vaccine supplies to go for it,” Kharbat said. “As of now, the only limiting factor continues to be the number of doses we get every week.”

DHS plans to increase eligibility to people 16 and older by May 1.

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