MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine on May 1, in according with President Joe Biden’s call, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday.
State health officials had said Thursday that everyone in the state would be eligible sometime in May. Hours later, Biden said he wanted states to make everyone eligible by May 1.
“I’m proud Wisconsin continues to be a regional and national leader in our vaccine distribution efforts, and having increased supply available means we’ll be able to open up to the general public on May 1st,” Evers said in a statement. “Getting vaccinated will be key to putting this pandemic behind us, so I encourage every Wisconsinite who is currently eligible to get signed up.”
Evers did not address how long after becoming eligible someone will be able to get vaccinated. Health officials have previously said everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to get it by early July.
As of Friday, more than 20% of Wisconsin’s population had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 11.5% had completed the vaccine regimen.