MADISON ⏤ Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday the state is expecting shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
The shipments will begin arriving at hospitals and clinics across the state this week, his office said in a release.
“Folks, this is exciting news,” Evers said in making the announcement with the state DHS. “The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool we need to battle this pandemic.”
Initial shipment of vaccine
The state expects the initial vaccine shipment to be 16,000 doses, with a total of 100,000 expected in coming weeks.
Unlike the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, medical personnel can store the Moderna vaccine in normal freezers. As a result, they can ship it directly to vaccinating entities across Wisconsin, the release states.
Ahead of the shipments, Evers and the state DHS “activated the federal government’s long-term care pharmacy distribution program,” his office said.
That program will provide on-site vaccination for Wisconsin’s long-term care residents and staff. The state is reserving 29,000 doses of the vaccine for the program.
The distribution program will begin on Dec. 28.
‘Please stay home’
On the state DHS’ behalf, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm asked residents to be patient concerning the vaccine ⏤ also acknowledging more doses will be needed.
“As we vaccinate more Wisconsinites, we must all continue practicing the preventive measures we know work. Please stay home, wear a mask and keep physical distance from others.”
After a sped-up testing process, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. Moderna and Pfizer are the first two COVID-19 vaccines the FDA has authorized.
The COVID-19 vaccination process continues to change rapidly. The state DHS will continue to provide updates as they become available, the release stated.
For more information, visit the DHS COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
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