Douglas County Increases Vaccine Efforts

Beginning this week, Wisconsin has expanded on who can get the vaccine.

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Beginning this week, Wisconsin has expanded on who can get the vaccine.

Previously, first responders, police and the elderly could get the vaccine but now it’s opened up more including for those working in the childcare and education fields.

For schools, Essentia will be focusing on other public schools, private schools, and rural schools. There are close to 1,000 people who work in education in Douglas County, which includes anybody associated with supporting the schools and having contact with kids every day.

“We know kids need to be in school,” said Kathy Ronchi, health officer for Douglas County. “It’s impacting families, it’s impacting children’s mental health, it’s impacting a lot of things so bringing the vaccine to this group of people will have a positive effect on many other people, which I think is very important.”

Ronchi added they are still awaiting word on when Douglas County will get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. So far, there have been more than 11,000 people in Douglas County who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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