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Wisconsin should have had a plan for distributing vaccines

Scott Robert Shaw



Shouldn’t they have thought this through sooner? Like others, the state of Wisconsin is working to determine how best to administer the new coronavirus vaccine. The Department of Health Services says about a half-million Wisconsin residents are getting the shot in the first wave of vaccinations, primarily health care workers and patients and staff in care facilities. But who should be next? There is CDC guidance to follow, as the states have been left to come up with their own plan. In Wisconsin, the vaccination rate so far is among the lowest in the Midwest, and lawmakers are pointing fingers at who is to blame. But we knew this vaccine was coming, even if we didn’t know when. Why are they only now finally meeting to come up with a plan to decide who should be in line to get the shots. They have subcommittees to make recommendations, and then a public review process. We are wasting precious time. And now Washington is telling states those that vaccinate the fastest will get the vaccine faster than other states. That threatens to put Wisconsin even further behind. Already we are being told by Governor Evers that it may be June before the general public is able to roll up its sleeve. We know we learn as we go in a pandemic, but it seems Wisconsin could have gotten an earlier start on coming up with a plan.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    January 13, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    I am a retired RN and would love to help but don’t know how to

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