La Crosse County named as site for new COVID-19 community vaccine clinic

Three others will open across Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WBKT)- Wisconsin will open four additional community COVID– 19 vaccination sites.  One will be located in La Crosse County.  The new clinics join one already up and running in Rock County. 

The four community vaccination sites will open within the next two months in La Crosse, Racine and Marathon counties. The 4th site split between Barron and Douglas counties.  “These sites will be critical to helping get the vaccine to every eligible Wisconsinite who wants it”, says Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. The Governor says the Department of Health Services is still securing a host site for each clinic.  The “where” isn’t nearly as important to Wisconsin’s Deputy Health Secretary, Julie Willems Van Dijk, as “when”. Beginning this week, the Federal government will give Wisconsin an additional 115,000 doses for at least the next two weeks; u64-percent from what the state was getting a month ago. “So we’ll have more vaccine for the community vaccination sites, more vaccine for the healthcare providers, and more vaccine in arms across our state.”, says Willems Van Dijk.

When they open, the new community sites will administer at least 200 vaccines a day with the ability to administer many more. “All of this planning is looking ahead knowing the vaccine supply is anticipated to increase in the weeks and months, and we want to be ready.”, says Willems Van Dijk.   

The CDC says as of Tuesday, February 23, nearly 15% of Wisconsin’s population had received at least one dose. The new clinics will deliver virus protection to thousands more. But; when asked when everyone who wants to be vaccinated is, and when the pandemic finally comes to an end, Governor Evers said.  “It’s an impossible question to answer.” 

The state could open as many as ten community vaccination clinics. According to the Governor’s office, the sites will open as needed and as vaccine supplies allow.