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Wisconsin makes progress in fight against Covid

Scott Robert Shaw

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It is a Covid success story. After initial delays, Wisconsin has become one of the leading states to get the vaccinations in people’s arms. Wisconsin got off to a slow start. At the end of January, The Centers for Disease Control reported Wisconsin ranked among the bottom five states in administering the vaccine. Now, Wisconsin has become one of the national leaders. It wasn’t easy, and it took a lot of work, but the Badger state can be proud of what has been accomplished so far. More than one million in the state have gotten at least their first shot of the vaccine. And the pace keeps quickening. Last Thursday, the state administered more than 78,000 vaccinations. More than 29% of the state’s population has received at least their first shot, ranking Wisconsin in the top15 states for getting the shot into people’s arms.  Before May 1st, everyone aged 16 and older will be eligible. The turnaround is due in part to increased supplies of the vaccine from the federal government. But the state also did a good job lining up vaccinators, a much higher number than most other states. Vaccination clinics have been set up in La Crosse and three other Wisconsin cities, and by all accounts that process has gone smoothly. This has been a huge, coordinated effort that is paying off, despite some stumbles out of the gate. There is more work to do, but Wisconsin can be proud of the progress so far.

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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