(Madison) Governor Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), announced Tuesday everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID vaccine starting this Monday (April 5). Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says this decision to move ahead with everybody simplifies the process for their vaccinators, as well as for the public. She says it means no more having to sort out if a person is in or out. Willems Van Dijk says the federal government’s estimates of vaccine allotments have gotten more accurate, and the state has done a good job of vaccinating its initial eligibility groups.
Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators for getting available shots in arms. With increased vaccine supply and an accelerated vaccination pace in recent weeks, the state is able to push the eligibility date four weeks earlier than expected.