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Marquette University will require students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes this fall.

The university made the announcement on Monday.

The school says students will need to get vaccinated by Aug. 1 to attend classes.

Marquette is the third private university in the state to mandate vaccinations for students.

The University of Wisconsin System hasn't mandated student vaccinations but UW-Madison officials are considering a vaccine requirement to live in its dorms.

Nearly half of the people in custody in Wisconsin's prisons and youth facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


The rate exceeds the vaccination rate for Wisconsin as a whole, after initially lagging behind.


The Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows nearly 9,000 people, or 47.2%, of the eligible prison population, have been fully vaccinated.


That's compared with just under 42% of eligible state residents overall. 

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On a Thursday morning at the Lake of the Torches Casino Resort in Lac du Flambeau, dozens of people sit at flashing slot machines and game tables.

Down the hall from the humming game room, another table is set up, but this one is not for games.

Instead, it's stocked with piles of paperwork and pens. Two volunteers sit behind the table, ready to register anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine.

But unlike the game room just a few feet away, their table doesn’t have many visitors.

Michigan is hanging tight to its position as a national hotspot for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations at a time when more than half the U.S. adult population has been vaccinated and other states have seen the virus diminish substantially.

Medical professionals point to more contagious variants, the state's pullback on restrictions to limit crowds and COVID fatigue as reasons for the surge, especially in rural, northern parts of the state that had largely avoided severe outbreaks.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to keep pushing the White House for more COVID-19 vaccines as the state experiences a spike in cases.

The Democrat on Sunday told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that she plans to work with the White House but wants to do everything she can to get additional vaccine doses.

President Joe Biden has said Washington will give Michigan more federal resources to support vaccinations and testing, but not additional vaccines.

The state has the highest rate of new coronavirus infections in the U.S.

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.

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.

UW Stevens Point Plans Vaccine Clinic

Apr 8, 2021

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is teaming up with Marshfield Clinic for a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Saturday on campus.

One thousand shots will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Chancellor Thomas Gibson says it's another way of beating the virus.

“It serves as a signal that we are indeed turning the corner, and we’re nearing a more familiar life.”

The clinic will be offering the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine meaning it'll be "one and done" for anyone that can get in.

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.

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 says everyone age 16 and up in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine on May 1. State health officials said Thursday that everyone in the state would be eligible sometime in May. Hours later, President Joe Biden said he wanted states to make everyone eligible by May 1. Evers said on Friday that the state will meet that deadline. Evers didn't address how long after becoming eligible someone will be able to get vaccinated. Health officials have previously said everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to get it by early July.

More than a quarter of residents in Michigan’s Ontonagon County are vaccinated against COVID-19.

That makes it the county with the highest percentage of vaccinated residents in the state.

Other counties in the U.P. are doing well too.

About 20 percent of people in Iron County have received the vaccine and more than 15 percent of Gogebic County residents have been vaccinated.

Right now, Wisconsin teachers and childcare workers are among those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many school employees in our area are getting vaccinated, but some sooner than others.

At Northland Pines School District, employees have either already gotten a COVID-19 vaccine or they’ll be able to get one before the weekend.

“We’re hoping to have everyone in our district done this week,” the district administrator, Scott Foster, said. “That’s our goal. Anyone who wanted one should have an opportunity by the end of the day Friday to get them.”


About 2 million more Wisconsin residents, including those with certain pre-existing conditions, will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in the next round to be announced later this week.

Wisconsin Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Monday the new eligibility group will likely be unveiled on Thursday.

The last expansion, which included teachers and grocery store workers, was about 700,000 people.

Wisconsin will receive 47,000 doses next week of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Gov. Tony Evers calls this amount a “game changer” in the state’s fight against COVID-19.

That news came Monday – the same day teachers, child care workers, grocery store employees and others in a group of about 700,000 became eligible for the vaccine.

The state is urging people to check its vaccine availability map of local providers.

A new statewide vaccine registry was also launched Monday.