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24% of Dane County 12- to 15-year-olds have first COVID-19 shot just one week after becoming eligible
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24% of Dane County 12- to 15-year-olds have first COVID-19 shot just one week after becoming eligible

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Caleg Grant, 13, receives his COVID-19 vaccine from Fitchburg Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Chris Virnig during an outdoor vaccine clinic at Lake Farm County Park.

One week after 12- to 15-year-olds became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, more than 24% of those in that age group in Dane County have received their first dose, Public Health Madison and Dane County said Wednesday.

Pfizer’s two-shot vaccine is the only one approved for the age group, and the city-county public health department said that while appointments for the group are all booked at its mass vaccination site at the Alliant Energy Center this week, appointments for next week are “wide open.”

There are still some slots left this week for those 18 and older who want to get the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine, the agency said.

The pace of vaccination for young people in the county has so far outstripped that of those 18 years old and older. As of Tuesday, only six days into eligibility, 16.4% of the group had had its first dose. If interest in and availability of the vaccine continues, Dane County would have all of its 12- to 15-year-olds partially vaccinated by late next month.

For the county population as a whole, 63.6% of people have had at least one shot of one of the two-dose vaccines, and 54.2% are fully vaccinated. Dane County is among the leaders nationwide in the percent of people getting vaccinated against the virus.

On Tuesday, Public Health said it would not replace its current COVID-19 emergency order when it expires June 2, meaning all local government restrictions on gathering size and the county’s mask mandate will be gone, although businesses will still be able to require masks.

Those looking to get vaccinated at the Alliant Center can sign up for appointments at

The Urban League of Greater Madison, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Fountain of Life, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and others are also partnering with SSM Health to host a walk-up vaccine clinic on Madison’s South Side from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday for those 12 and older.

The clinic will be at the Urban League offices at 2222 S. Park St. Second doses will be given on June 15.

Other COVID-19 vaccine options can be found at

All COVID-19 vaccinations are free.


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