Nearly 45% of Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of COVID vaccine

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MADISON, Wis. — Over 2.6 million people in Wisconsin have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state Department of Health Services.

Health officials said 2,606,559 Wisconsinites have gotten at least one dose of vaccine, which is 44.8% of the state’s population. As of Thursday, 2,239,412 residents have been fully vaccinated, or 38.5% of Wisconsin.

The DHS announced Wednesday night that children ages 12-15 are now eligible to get the vaccine.

A total of 4,782,698 doses have been administered throughout the state, including 24,530 in the past day.

News 3 Now has partnered with SSM Health to host a pair of COVID vaccination events Thursday.

The events run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two locations: the News 3 Now station parking lot at 7025 Raymond Road in Madison, along with William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park at 4330 Libby Rd in Madison. For more information on Vaccine Day, click here.

With more people getting vaccinated against COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

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Wisconsin reported 485 new cases of the virus, which is below Wednesday’s case count. The seven-day rolling average has also dropped to 465. The state has reached an all-time total of 604,863 confirmed cases, and 7,630 cases are active.

The seven-day average percent positive by test went down slightly to 3% as of Thursday afternoon.

Eighteen more people have died, bringing the statewide death toll to 6,953. DHS officials said 76 more people were also hospitalized within the past day.

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