76% of Dane County’s eligible population at least partially vaccinated

A Public Health Madison & Dane County worker preps a dose of the COVID vaccine at the Alliant Energy Center mass vaccination site

MADISON, Wis. — More than three in four eligible Dane County residents are now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

Officials with Public Health Madison & Dane County said Wednesday that a total of 76% of eligible residents (people 12 and older) have gotten at least one vaccine shot. That’s in line with estimates public health officials shared when they announced the end of local health orders last month.

Dane County’s public health orders expired Wednesday.

“As with every decision we have made during this pandemic, the decision to lift these orders is driven by data and backed by science,” Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County Janel Heinrich said. “Restrictions were necessary steps to keep Dane County safe and healthy, and after a difficult year of sacrifices, we are all seeing the results of those difficult decisions.”

Since becoming eligible for vaccination, nearly half of  Dane County’s 12-15 year old population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine.

“Being vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 you can receive,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said. “I want to thank each and every one of you who have rolled up your sleeves and gotten vaccinated and encourage those of you who have not, to sign up to get the shot.”

A total of 57.6% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. Statewide, Dane County leads in the percentage of residents with at least one vaccine dose.

Efforts to get shots in arms are still underway, too.

On Thursday News 3 Now will host its second Vaccine Day with SSM Health to provide quick and easy vaccinations for the Madison community. Anyone in need of a second Pfizer dose or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get vaccinated. More information about News 3 Now’s Vaccine Day is available here.