• Mink farmers, as COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred on mink farms and pose a biosafety risk or 300 people.
The subcommittee was divided on whether people should be included in employer-based housing, such as farm workers; people sheltered from those who experience homelessness or domestic violence; and non-frontline healthcare workers, such as those in information technology or who work in the hospital’s supply chain.
“Whatever we do, it’s going to be far from perfect, and that’s OK,” said Dr. Jonathan Temte, Co-Chair of the Subcommittee and Associate Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “The important thing is to get as much vaccine into as many people as possible.”
It is not clear when the rest of Phase 1b can start in Wisconsin, which has received approx. 70,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each week. As of Tuesday, 163,371 doses of the vaccines had been given, including at least 11,586 booster shots.
Health officials have said people are likely to get shots at their regular medical clinics, local pharmacies or at mass clinics.
“For new populations that become qualified, we want you to know that there will be many opportunities, such as your doctor or your health center, your pharmacy or a community vaccination site,” the Secretary of State for Health said in a statement Tuesday, adding , that nearly 1,200 units in the state are now registered to supply vaccine.