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With greater eligibility, COVID-19 vaccine appointments getting tougher to find – WISN Milwaukee

As officials work to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Wisconsin, it’s getting harder to get a vaccination appointment. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinEarlier this week, WISN 12 news documented hundreds of available vaccine appointments in Milwaukee, but Friday, thousands of slots at the Wisconsin Center are gone through next week.The website says to check back later.”That tells me that we’ve done exactly what we needed to do,” Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.Johnson said eligibility expansion announcements this week fueled the sudden scheduling surge.Those with health conditions are eligible Monday and anyone 18 and older in 10 specific ZIP codes in Milwaukee County can now get a shot.”So we were seeing those inequities of vaccine distribution. We’d been working really closely with the state, and they honored our request with the county to open more broadly, so we can get shots in arms to the people who need it most,” Johnson said.Johnson spoke Friday from a one-day-only community site at Greater New Birth Church, located on Silver Spring Drive in one of those targeted ZIP codes.Eleven-hundred people got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, also known as the Janssen vaccine. She said more of these sites will open next week.”Starting Monday, we’ll have sites at North and South division high schools. (It will be the) same process — walk up, really intentional trying to get vaccines into the arms of people who’ve been impacted the most and need the most protection,” Johnson said.An order for about 20,000 doses for Milwaukee is expected by the end of the month, and it’s expected to grow from there.Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

As officials work to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Wisconsin, it’s getting harder to get a vaccination appointment.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Earlier this week, WISN 12 news documented hundreds of available vaccine appointments in Milwaukee, but Friday, thousands of slots at the Wisconsin Center are gone through next week.

The website says to check back later.

“That tells me that we’ve done exactly what we needed to do,” Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.

Johnson said eligibility expansion announcements this week fueled the sudden scheduling surge.

Those with health conditions are eligible Monday and anyone 18 and older in 10 specific ZIP codes in Milwaukee County can now get a shot.

“So we were seeing those inequities of vaccine distribution. We’d been working really closely with the state, and they honored our request with the county to open more broadly, so we can get shots in arms to the people who need it most,” Johnson said.

Johnson spoke Friday from a one-day-only community site at Greater New Birth Church, located on Silver Spring Drive in one of those targeted ZIP codes.

Eleven-hundred people got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, also known as the Janssen vaccine. She said more of these sites will open next week.

“Starting Monday, we’ll have sites at North and South division high schools. (It will be the) same process — walk up, really intentional trying to get vaccines into the arms of people who’ve been impacted the most and need the most protection,” Johnson said.

An order for about 20,000 doses for Milwaukee is expected by the end of the month, and it’s expected to grow from there.

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