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Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon is proud of the vaccination effort in the county.

Nearly 45% of residents have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine which is above the state average of 37%.

“We’re pretty happy about that,” said Conlon.

She also impressed with the 65 and older age group getting nearly 83% vaccinated.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is instructing vaccinators in the state to stop using the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for now.

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Michigan health officials have suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pending the outcome of a federal investigation into six cases in which women who received the drug developed blood clots.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced the temporary suspension of the single-dose vaccine Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended it nationwide.

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Wisconsin health officials report nearly a quarter of the state’s population has completed COVID-19 vaccination.

Over 1.4 million people — making up 24.3% of the state’s population — have been completely vaccinated by either receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

However, daily case counts have also been on the rise.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 34%, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

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Wisconsin celebrated significant vaccine milestones this week.

Vaccinators have administered over 3 million COVID-19 shots in the state.

That means over a third of Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 20 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

But even as more people get vaccinated, cases of COVID-19 are rising across the state.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said that’s largely because of COVID variants.

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The Iron Mountain VA Medical Center has roughly 18,000 veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare in its service area which covers the Upper Peninsula the parts of northern Wisconsin.

Of those a little under half have gotten their COVID-19 vaccine through the VA.

“We are generally scheduling appointments every day for veterans to get the vaccine, so although it has slowed, it hasn’t stopped,” said Public Affairs Officer John Jamison.

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Everyone age 16 and up is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin.

Monday's expansion came the same day that an outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was reported at a Dane County child care center.

Positive cases statewide are on the rise.

Also on Monday, the state announced it was once again accepting applications for unarmed combat sports programs like boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts with the events expected to take place after June 1.

The Milwaukee Brewers announced the team received the COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend but wouldn’t disclose what percentage of players and staffers participated.

Major League Baseball has announced it would relax protocols for teams that had 85% of their players and primary field staff vaccinated.

Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns declined to say whether the Brewers had reached that 85% threshold.

Stearns did say the Brewers who participated received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is doubling Michigan’s daily COVID-19 vaccination goal to 100,000 shots.

She cites continuous week-over-week increases in allotments and an expanded number of providers that can administer doses.She calls vaccinations safe, effective and essential to getting the country back to normal.

Michigan's direct allotment of doses will total about 620,000 next week, a record.

That is 12%, or roughly 66,000, more than this week and includes a substantial boost in the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Everyone 16 and older in Wisconsin will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5th.

Governor Tony Evers tweeted the announcement Tuesday afternoon. He said, “Wisconsin leads the nation in getting available shots in arms, and today we’re announcing everyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.”

The state has administered 2.7 million doses so far with more than one million Wisconsinites fully vaccinated.

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A new CDC-led study shows mRNA vaccines to be 90% effective against COVID-19 after the second dose and 80% effective after the first.

The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute was the sole reference lab in the nation for the research.

For 13 consecutive weeks, researchers tested nearly 4,000 samples a week for COVID-19 from healthcare workers, first responders, and other frontline essential workers. These are people who are more likely to contract the virus because of their job. They’re also among the first in the country to get vaccinated.

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Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout got off to a slow start.

At the end of January, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the state was among the bottom five in administering the vaccine.

But since then, Wisconsin has climbed the ranks.

Now, CDC data show more than 29 percent of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, placing Wisconsin in the top 15 states for getting shots into arms.

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As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up in Wisconsin, spread of the virus is still a concern.

The Department of Health Services is reporting another 537 cases and two more deaths Thursday.

The 7-day average of new cases is up slightly at 479 cases per day.

DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says that’s definitely better than November when we were averaging more than 6,000 cases a day, but it’s still not great.

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Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that allows dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Evers announced he had signed the bill on Monday morning, the same day that nearly 2 million more people with preexisting conditions became eligible for immunization.

The general public will become eligible no later than May 1.

As of Sunday about 25% of Wisconsin's population had received at least one dose.

Nearly 15% had received two doses, completing their vaccination cycle.

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Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that allows dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Evers announced he had signed the bill on Monday morning, the same day that nearly 2 million more people became eligible for shots.

Evers' administration announced earlier this month that people age 16 and up with certain pre-existing conditions would be eligible on Monday.

The general public will become eligible May 1.

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