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Evers calls on feds to send WI more COVID vaccines, despite state only using 1/4 of allocated doses

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MADISON (WQOW) - Governor Tony Evers says the state of Wisconsin needs more vaccines to fulfill requests across the state.

Evers says the state has built up 1,098 vaccine provider locations that are ready and waiting for vaccines to finish up Phase 1A of the process which inoculates frontline workers in the state.

“Our vaccine team is working across the state on vaccine distribution, and so many Wisconsinites are ready to get vaccinated and get back to our Wisconsin way of life,” Evers said in a statement. “In a state where our statewide mitigation strategies have been struck down and challenged time and time again, it is absolutely critical that Wisconsin get additional doses of vaccine to meet demand and box in the virus.”

The governor's request for more vaccines comes as the state has only used 25% of the vaccines currently allocated to Wisconsin.

The Badger State has been allocated 420,200 doses but only 123,402 doses have been administered as of Jan. 8, which the latest data provided by the state Department of Health Services.

The governor says there are 550,000 Wisconsinites who qualify for the vaccine in Phase 1A. That is 130,000 more people than doses currently allocated to the state.

Evers did not say how many more vaccine doses he is presently asking for.

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