WisPolitics: DHS thanks the 142,000 who got COVID vaccine under $100 incentive program

WisPolitics: DHS thanks the 142,000 who got COVID vaccine under $100 incentive program

More than 142,400 people in the state have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine shot since the state launched its $100 incentive program, the Department of Health Services recently announced. 

“I want to thank the Wisconsinites who have stepped up to protect themselves, their community, and our state in the battle against COVID-19 and the delta variant,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “Whether you got vaccinated in March or just this month, every shot in an arm is bringing us one step closer to putting this pandemic behind us and ensuring our state’s continued economic recovery.”

State residents that got their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from a provider in Wisconsin, Michigan or Minnesota between Aug. 20 and Sept. 19 can still submit their information by Sept. 30 to claim the $100 incentive, DHS says. The reward cards will be shipped by mail and can take between six and eight weeks to arrive.

The DHS site shows 56.3 percent of the state’s population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 53 percent have completed the vaccine series. On the national level, 63.9 percent of the U.S. population have gotten at least one dose and 54.7 percent are fully vaccinated against the virus.

Vaccination rates in Wisconsin continue to vary widely between counties. The highest rate of vaccination is in Dane County, with 73.4 percent having gotten at least one dose and 70.5 percent fully vaccinated. The lowest rate is in Taylor County, with 31.6 percent having received one dose and 29.7 percent who have completed the vaccine series.

See the latest numbers on vaccinations here.