Wisconsin joining federal pharmacy distribution program for COVID-19 vaccine

Tony Evers in front of a flag

MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Health Services has officially activated the federal government’s pharmacy distribution program for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a news release.

Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Monday. The program will use the Moderna vaccine, which is still pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The effort is slated to begin as soon as Dec. 28, with residents and staff at long term care facilities being the first to receive on-site vaccinations.

“While hope is on the horizon, the best way Wisconsinites can help keep the folks living and working in our long-term care facilities healthy and safe is to continue to take every precaution to stop the spread by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a mask whenever out in public,” Evers said in a statement.

The program is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS.

UW Health received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine Monday morning, with the first health care workers receiving shots in the afternoon.