Almost 110,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Wisconsin have been vaccinated against COVID-19, health officials said Friday in announcing that the federal program for such immunizations will end in the state next week.
CVS, Walgreens and some other pharmacies have inoculated 62,000 residents and 47,000 staff at 2,900 long-term care facilities, according to the state Department of Health Services. The program started in late December.
Such facilities, which are known to have accounted for about 2% of the state’s COVID-19 cases, have accounted for about 44% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths.
The housing status of 42% of cases and 26% of deaths is unknown.
“This partnership with CVS and Walgreens, as well as other independent pharmacies, has been a critical part of our efforts to protect Wisconsin’s most vulnerable,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in a statement. “As the federal program comes to an end, we will continue to ensure new staff and residents can get vaccinated moving forward.”
Pharmacies are also offering many of the shots to the general population, including Costco, CVS, Hometown Pharmacy, Hy-Vee, Kroger (including Roundy’s, Metro Market and Pick ‘N Save), Managed Health Care Associates, Meijer, Walgreens and Walmart.
As of Thursday, 38.5% of Wisconsin residents and 50.7% of those in Dane County have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 25.8% statewide and 33.4% in the county are fully immunized.
Among people 65 and older, 78.9% statewide and 91.4% in the county have had at least one dose, and 71.2% statewide and 85.7% in the county are fully immunized.
Health officials say they want to vaccination at least 80% of the population statewide.