Health Officials Concerned Over Vaccine Booster Rates

(Dodge County) COVID booster rates in Wisconsin have health officials concerned. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID data dashboard, fewer than 18-percent of eligible state residents have received the updated COVID bivalent booster.

The number for those 65 and older are somewhat better at 42-percent, but still far short of what the Department of Health Services had hoped for when the booster shots first became available.

In Dodge County, just under 14-percent of the population has received the updated COVID booster. Nearly 51-percent have completed the primary series.

To our north, in Fond du Lac County 13.9-percent have gotten an updated booster shot. That figure is 15.7-percent in Jefferson County, 20.7-percent in Columbia County, 16.2-percent in Green Lake County, and 14.1-percent in Washington County.

State and local health officials note that the COVID booster and flu shots are readily available at pharmacies. Health officials add that being updated on vaccines and wearing masks in public settings remain the best defense against COVID and seasonal influenza. 

WRN contributed

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website