(MADISON) — Wisconsin has reached over 4 million COVID-19 vaccines administered, marking an important milestone in Wisconsin’s road to recovery.
Wisconsin has consistently ranked among the top states in the nation for vaccine distribution. More than 70 percent of Wisconsites aged 65 and older have been fully vaccinated, and over 50 percent of all Wisconsinites have received at least their first dose. At the beginning of April, Gov. Evers expanded vaccine eligibility in Wisconsin to everyone aged 16 and older. The Evers Administration’s vaccine distribution effort has been widely praised, including by State House Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan has provided a huge boost in funding to get vaccines into Americans’ arms more quickly. The bill, which passed over opposition from every single Congressional Republican — and despite Ron Johnson’s attempt to single handedly delay it— included $64.71 billion for improving vaccine administration and distribution, including $175.4 million for public health workforce development in Wisconsin.
“Today, thanks to Governor Evers’s leadership, Wisconsin crossed an important milestone in the fight to end this pandemic,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler. “Governor Evers and his administration are doing an excellent job of getting shots in arms as quickly as possible. Additionally, the investments from the American Rescue Plan and the support from the Biden administration on the vaccine rollout has made a tremendous difference. We still need to keep up the fight in the coming months—people across the country are still suffering from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. But today’s four-million-dose milestone is a sign that together, we can end this pandemic and bounce back better than before.”