1 million Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — One million people in Wisconsin have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than half of those having completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

That’s according to a release Friday sent out by Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

“It’s been great to hear stories from across our state of nurses and doctors, parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers, filled with excitement as they get their shots,” said Gov. Evers in a video message. “While we still have a long way to go, the light is certainly at the end of the tunnel. And every day we are one step closer than yesterday to reaching community-wide immunity and getting back to our Wisconsin way of life. So, thank you to everyone who has gotten the vaccine and those who plan to get the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, and thank you to the vaccine providers across our state who are getting this done.”

More than 1 in 4 Wisconsinites age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated and nearly 3 in 5 have received their first dose, according to DHS.

“Having one million Wisconsinites with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is a good sign that our vaccination program is working,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “All three COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 and we urge folks to get a shot when it is their turn. With increased vaccine supply on the way, we hope to reach the next million even sooner.”

For more information on how to get your vaccine and how many people have been vaccinated locally, check out the News 8 Now COVID-19 Vaccine HQ.