Milwaukee to supply $100 present card to these getting first shot of COVID-19 vaccine | WUWM 89.7 FM

Beginning on Feb. 3, a $100 present card will likely be given to individuals who get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Milwaukee Well being Division vaccination clinic.

The division says about 56% of Milwaukee residents ages 5 and older have acquired a minimum of one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That leaves 250,000 eligible metropolis residents who’re unvaccinated, however beginning Thursday that quantity might shrink by 1,000.

That is as a result of town has 1,000 present playing cards to disclose to individuals getting their first dose of the vaccine at a Milwaukee clinic on the northwest aspect, the south aspect, within the Menomonee Valley or at cellular vaccination websites that embrace some Milwaukee Public Colleges.

Some individuals had been calling for a brand new incentive program. Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson explains why an incentive program is beginning Thursday.

“I believe the impetus now’s we’ve got the funding to pay for it. However as well as, we’ve got the capability for our workers to do it. [Earlier] we have been so overwhelmed with the testing demand. Figuring out proper now’s the time we’d like extra individuals to get vaccinated, and we’ve got a partnership with MPS, we thought the timing is nice to supply an incentive,” she says.

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Milwaukee Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson speaks throughout a media briefing Tuesday.

The funding is coming from the state of Wisconsin, which is passing alongside federal cash. Johnson saus the present playing cards could also be all gone inside just a few days.

The inducement comes amid a unbroken drop within the native COVID-19 caseload. Dr. Ben Weston of the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County says on common the county continues to be seeing greater than 500 new instances per day and COVID -19 is killing 5 individuals per day.

“We have now case counts, positivity charges and hospitalization numbers that will every be record-setting previous to omicron. To be clear, we’re shifting in the precise path, however the illness burden in the neighborhood stays excessive,” he says.

Weston says he is involved in regards to the BA.2 COVID-19 variant — that is an offshoot of the preliminary omicron variant. He says knowledge exhibits BA.2 is probably going extra transmissible however related in severity to omicron. Weston says being absolutely vaccinated, together with the booster does, presents a excessive degree of safety.

However Weston says there’s room for enchancment on the booster dose entrance, with simply 56% of county residents who’re eligible having acquired the extra shot. As well as, there are some demographic variations.

“So, once you have a look at inhabitants 65 and older, it is 76% which were boosted. That is essentially the most essential age group because it’s essentially the most susceptible age group. That drops down for youthful age teams between 20-30%. From an fairness standpoint, we additionally see variations amongst race and ethnicity. So, our white inhabitants, about 65% of the eligible inhabitants, has acquired the booster. African American inhabitants, it drops all the way down to 47%, and our Hispanic inhabitants is about 39%,” he says.

Weston says the neighborhood should proceed its equity-focused strategy to vaccination boosters.

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Milwaukee County Government David Crowley speaks throughout Tuesday’s briefing.

Milwaukee County says it is also attempting to get extra individuals to put on a more practical COVID-19 masks. County Government David Crowley says they’re on tempo to distribute one other 200,000 N95 masks this week.

“100 fifty thousand of those masks will likely be given to Milwaukee County suppliers similar to our senior facilities, Journey Home, the Milwaukee Adolescent Well being Program, Working Rebels, Public Allies and others,” he says.

Crowley says the county has additionally began freely giving 50,000 masks on the Marcia P. Coggs Human Companies Middle, situated at 1220 W. Vliet St. He says these could also be gone earlier than Friday.

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