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Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials Friday called on the federal government to allocate more Pfizer vaccines to Wisconsin. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinThe state was informed Thursday it will only be receiving 35,100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.That’s far less than expected.Wisconsin received an initial 49,725 doses Monday. “This is unacceptable. Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised,” Evers said. “Our health care workers and long-term care residents need this vaccine that is ready and available. We call on the federal government to send us more vaccine without delay.”Wisconsin has been hard hit by COVID-19 and does not have the ability to enact statewide mitigation measures due to ongoing litigation, state officials said.In addition to asking for more vaccines, Wisconsin officials also called on the federal government to provide clarity on COVID-19 vaccine allocations. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management have all been working to allocate and distribute the vaccine throughout Wisconsin. Currently, the federal government informs states of their allocation late in the week for the next week’s shipment. Planning logistics and allocation with only a few days’ notice makes the work incredibly challenging, Evers said.Hospitals and clinics have been anxiously awaiting the doses to help protect their staff who are providing care to Wisconsin residents.Milwaukee County Medical Director Dr. Ben Weston said it was obvious that fewer vaccine doses means fewer residents will be vaccinated.”It’s going to be critical to get as many doses as we possibly can,” he said. “Certainly the more vaccine we can get, the better. We have lots of healthcare workers we have to vaccinate. We have lots of folks that are in high-risk living or working in long-term care facilities.”Weston received his COVID-19 vaccine Friday at Froedtert Hospital.”I just got it about 15 minutes ago here,” he said. “I feel great. I barely even felt it when nurse Julie put it in my arm so, so far, so good.”He added that the faster vaccines can be administered, the faster the pandemic can be brought under control.Weston said he expected the number of vaccine doses to increase and called the news unexpected.”I know the exact allotment continues to fluctuate, so we will continue to take any doses we can get,” he said.As of Friday, 451,676 Wisconsinites have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March.If the Food and Drug Administration approves emergency use authorization for Moderna’s vaccine, as it’s expected to do, Wisconsin expected to get 101,000 doses as early as next week.Seventeen counties are experiencing critically high case activity and statewide hospital bed availability is at 13%. About 36% of hospitals in Wisconsin are anticipating critical staffing shortages within the next week.Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials Friday called on the federal government to allocate more Pfizer vaccines to Wisconsin.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The state was informed Thursday it will only be receiving 35,100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s far less than expected.

Wisconsin received an initial 49,725 doses Monday.

“This is unacceptable. Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised,” Evers said. “Our health care workers and long-term care residents need this vaccine that is ready and available. We call on the federal government to send us more vaccine without delay.”

Wisconsin has been hard hit by COVID-19 and does not have the ability to enact statewide mitigation measures due to ongoing litigation, state officials said.

In addition to asking for more vaccines, Wisconsin officials also called on the federal government to provide clarity on COVID-19 vaccine allocations.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management have all been working to allocate and distribute the vaccine throughout Wisconsin.

Currently, the federal government informs states of their allocation late in the week for the next week’s shipment.

Planning logistics and allocation with only a few days’ notice makes the work incredibly challenging, Evers said.

Hospitals and clinics have been anxiously awaiting the doses to help protect their staff who are providing care to Wisconsin residents.

Milwaukee County Medical Director Dr. Ben Weston said it was obvious that fewer vaccine doses means fewer residents will be vaccinated.

“It’s going to be critical to get as many doses as we possibly can,” he said. “Certainly the more vaccine we can get, the better. We have lots of healthcare workers we have to vaccinate. We have lots of folks that are in high-risk living or working in long-term care facilities.”

Weston received his COVID-19 vaccine Friday at Froedtert Hospital.

“I just got it about 15 minutes ago here,” he said. “I feel great. I barely even felt it when nurse Julie put it in my arm so, so far, so good.”

He added that the faster vaccines can be administered, the faster the pandemic can be brought under control.

Weston said he expected the number of vaccine doses to increase and called the news unexpected.

“I know the exact allotment continues to fluctuate, so we will continue to take any doses we can get,” he said.

As of Friday, 451,676 Wisconsinites have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March.

If the Food and Drug Administration approves emergency use authorization for Moderna’s vaccine, as it’s expected to do, Wisconsin expected to get 101,000 doses as early as next week.

Seventeen counties are experiencing critically high case activity and statewide hospital bed availability is at 13%.

About 36% of hospitals in Wisconsin are anticipating critical staffing shortages within the next week.

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