Vaccine Update: About 40 Percent Fully Vaccinated; State Resumes Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

As of May 19, Wisconsin had administered almost five million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 2.3 million Wisconsin residents or 39.8 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. About 82.5 percent of Wisconsinites aged 65 and older have received at least one dose.

All U.S. adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in every state. As part of the federal vaccination program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all vaccinators to provide vaccines at no cost, and vaccinators cannot turn away anyone, even if they do not have insurance or cannot provide an ID.

In April, following a federal recommendation, Wisconsin paused its administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a handful of recipients reported a rare type of blood clot. None of those cases were reported in Wisconsin. The state resumed administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 27 after the federal government lifted its recommendation.

As of May 18, Wisconsin had administered more than 3.5 million tests for COVID-19 since early 2020. Of those tests, almost 607,000 were positive. About 6,970 people with COVID-19 have died in Wisconsin, representing 1.1 percent of all cases. Since the beginning of 2021, the seven-day average of positive tests out of total tests has declined, from 10.2 percent on January 1 to two percent on March 10. It has since risen to 2.7 percent.

All vaccine and testing data are from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Vaccine appointments can be scheduled using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. Employers can apply to partner with DHS and an approved vaccinator to host a vaccine clinic for their employees by following these instructions.

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