MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is launching a mobile coronavirus vaccination program next week to be operated by the Wisconsin National Guard and health officials, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday.
Nine mobile labs will be dispatched across the state starting on Tuesday, Evers said. They will be staffed by members of the National Guard as well as pharmacy and nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin System.
As more vaccine is released to the state, the program will expand access with local partners, Evers said.
“It has always been our goal to get folks vaccinated as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible,” Evers said. “These mobile vaccination teams are going to help us do just that by continuing to expand vaccine distribution across our state, leveraging partnerships and our best resources to meet folks where they are in their own communities.”
The University of Wisconsin System is also expanding a $500 tuition credit for eligible students who volunteer to do vaccinations, the governor’s office said.
As of Friday, 213,056 people had been vaccinated in the state, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said. To date, nearly 516,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,290 have died.