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Wisconsin to Launch Mobile Vaccination Teams to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Access

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Wisconsin is launching a mobile vaccination teams to help vaccinated more people, more efficiently.

The teams are a collaboration between the Department of Health Service, Wisconsin National Guard, and local health departments.

“It has always been our goal to get folks vaccinated as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible,” said Governor Tony Evers in a statement. “These mobile vaccination teams are going to help us do just that by continuing to expand vaccine distribution across our state, leveraging partnerships and our best resources to meet folks where they are in their own communities.”

The mobile clinics will be staffed by National Guard members and pharmacy or nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin system. The University of Wisconsin System is also expanding a $500 tuition credit for students that help during the pandemic to eligible students who volunteer to do vaccinations.

Starting Tuesday, the program will deploy nine teams. The program is expected to expand from there.

Local and tribal health departments that need assistance will be able to request support from the teams.

“Making vaccines available to the public is an all-of-Wisconsin effort that requires collaboration across state government,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin's adjutant general. “Our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen in the Wisconsin National Guard have been an integral part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re honored to continue serving our fellow citizens in this way.”

More than 213,000 Wisconsinites have gotten vaccinated. Nearly 31,000 have gotten both of the required doses.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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