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COVID-19 Vaccine Briefing

Wisconsin state officials hold briefing regarding phase 1B COVID-19 vaccines

Story By Sierra Whaley
Local News Published 01/21/2021 5:39PM
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On January 25th, vaccines will be accessible to adults in Wisconsin in the 65 or older age group.

In a recent briefing, DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk asked for perseverance through this process. 

"We're asking for perseverance because being patient can feel frustrating and powerless," says Van Dijk.

However she remains proud of the efforts put in by Wisconsin officials. The 65 or older age group covers two million Wisconsin adults. Just like phase 1A, the process will take time and some appointments may have to be scheduled later in the year. 

Currently there's been complaints from the phase 1B age group regarding no confirmation regarding vaccination appointments. Some healthcare workers or physicians may not have answers as well.

However, Van Dijk says appointments may not be scheduled not because of too many vaccines being administered: but because of the journey of getting them into Wisconsin.

"There are very strict rules about how long these various vaccines can be left out of refrigeration," says Van Dijk. "There was one report of a lost vile on the way to Wisconsin as well."

If you or your loved one are having trouble enrolling for the vaccine, officials advise for you to call back in a week or two to schedule.

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