MADISON – Wisconsin is now leading the nation in the average number of COVID-19 vaccine shots being administered daily — a massive increase that comes as the Evers administration is expanding its rollout to a community vaccination clinic in southern Wisconsin.
The state Department of Health Services is creating the clinic in Rock County by partnering with Virginia-based AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, a health care company that has administered COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination clinics in other states.
It will open Feb. 16 and have enough doses to provide shots to 250 people daily. Once Wisconsin receives more doses of the vaccine, the state plans to open six to 10 more clinics with capacity to administer up to 1,000 shots per day.
“Wisconsinites are working together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and put this pandemic behind us. This partnership with AMI is going to help us take another step in the right direction,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement.
Spokeswomen for Evers and the state Department of Health Services did not immediately answer where in Rock County the clinic will be created and whether the vaccines would be provided at no cost.
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The community clinic will be run primarily by AMI with help from state health officials and the Wisconsin National Guard, which has provided COVID-19 testing across the state since the pandemic first hit the state in March.
The state’s vaccine rollout has improved among national rankings significantly, now 16th in administering a first dose to residents — up from 48th just two weeks ago.
On a seven-day rolling average basis, Wisconsin is now administering roughly 6,170 shots per million residents per day. The next fastest state, Hawaii, is administering roughly 5830 shots per million residents on average, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled by Our World in Data.
The state is in the midst of its second phase of the vaccine rollout. Wisconsin residents in public-facing jobs, like providing health care and public safety, and anyone age 65 and older are eligible to receive vaccine shots.
A new phase begins March 1, which will include teachers, grocers, and anyone living in shared housing like prisons, among other groups.