16K doses of Moderna’s vaccine expected to arrive in Wisconsin this week

MADISON, Wis. — State health officials expect to receive 16,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine at hospitals and clinics throughout the state this week.

Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement Monday that health officials expect to receive a total of 100,000 in the coming weeks.

“Folks, this is exciting news. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool we need to battle this pandemic,” Evers said. “While we do not have control over how much vaccine the federal government allocates to our state, I can promise that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our distribution is fair and equitable.”

As of Tuesday morning, some health care providers have already received their initial shipments. SSM Health received its first shipment Monday night, and William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison received a shipment Tuesday morning, according to representatives from both providers.

“I know that many people are wanting to get vaccinated and we are asking everyone to be patient,” DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said. “As we continue to make progress vaccinating our health care workers and long-term care residents, we will need the federal government to increase our supply so we can efficiently expand our efforts to include additional populations.

Moderna’s vaccine, unlike Pfizer’s, can be stored in normal freezers, which means it can be sent directly to vaccination sites around the state.

More information is available on DHS’ COVID-19 vaccine webpage.