MILWAUKEE — With reports indicating Wisconsin is lagging behind other Midwest neighbors in administering the COVID-19 vaccine, one medical expert doesn’t think that’s the case.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 163,371 doses of the vaccine have been administered. There have been 373,100 doses shipped across the state of the allocated 670,650.
“I don’t think that we’re behind,” said Medical College of Wisconsin President Dr. John Raymond on Wisconsin’s Afternoon News. “We may be behind expectations.”
Dr. Raymond says as of Jan. 5, the state has administered vaccines to 1.2% of the population, and notes the national average was 1.3%.
“One of the problems with the information out there is people may be a little bit confused about how vaccines are categorized,” he said. “A lot needs to happen between the allocation and getting it to the patient. It isn’t just shipping. It’s receiving and then distribution to the vaccination hubs.”
Dr. Raymond also announced that the Medical College of Wisconsin would serve as a vaccination hub.
He expects anyone in category 1A who wants a vaccine should be able to receive a shot within the next three weeks.
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