WISCONSIN— State health leaders say our healthcare workers are ready to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, but they do not have enough supplies.
Officials say the federal government has failed to give Wisconsin enough supplies such as PPE, and the vaccine itself. Therefore, they cannot vaccinate everyone who is currently eligible.
A major group in question is teachers, especially with talks of some school districts planning to return to in-person learning sooner rather than later.
Some teachers have already gotten a dose or two of the coronavirus vaccine, but others are still waiting.
"It is unfortunate that some of our vaccinators did not follow guidelines and did proceed vaccinating , and created some haves and have-nots in our world here," says Wisconsin Department of Health Services' deputy secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. "We are moving as quickly as we can. Clearly, educators from early childhood to K-12 to the university system are a high priority to us and will be coming soon. So the good news is you are on the list... The bad news is we just don’t have enough vaccine yet. “
Right now, officials say that healthcare workers throughout the Badger State are giving out to the coronavirus vaccine to anyone who is 65 years old and older.
The Wisconsin DHS says they are attempting to reach diverse groups within that population.
“We know our federally qualified health centers are providers of care to many African and Hispanic communities," Willems Van Dijk says. "And so one of the things we did this week is make sure every one of those clinics received their full allotment of vaccine to make sure we were getting vaccine to providers who serve these populations. “
According to Wisconsin DHS, as of Tuesday, 578,336 vaccines have been given to Wisconsinites so far. They say 108,713 people have gotten both doses.