(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Officer still encourages safe practices due to limited availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Health Officer Abby Sauer says doses will take weeks or even months to ramp up and is recommending Dodge County residents to continue wearing masks in public, limit the size of social gatherings and to take advantage of coronavirus testing.
While the final total is not finalized, Wisconsin Department of Health Services expects to receive roughly 50-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first week it is available with another 16-thousand doses of the Moderna vaccine. Sauer says even though availability will increase into 2021 the general public should not expect to receive a vaccination from their health care provider until perhaps the spring.
She says Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, shows the U.S. should be able to distribute enough doses to immunize 100-million citizens by the end of February. Sauer adds how much of that will be allotted to Wisconsin and subsequently to Dodge County, will remain to be seen, however it is expected to increase local allotment of doses significantly.
As Dodge County Public Health works towards being able to provide vaccines to larger parts of the population of Dodge County, they will continue to provide information to citizens so they can make informed decisions about the vaccine