MADISON — On the heels of Wisconsin's first case of the new COVID-19 variant, Gov. Tony Evers has issued a new emergency health order.
“We’re working every day to get vaccines distributed and get shots in arms to get our state back to some sort of normal,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “At the end of the day, vaccine supplies are limited, so while we continue to ask the federal government for more vaccines and faster, we have to keep working together to stop the spread today by continuing wear our masks, staying home whenever we can, avoiding gatherings, and doubling down on our efforts to keep our friends, neighbors, and families safe.”
According to Evers' update, 248,185 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the state as of Tuesday. This week, the state official began vaccinations of first responders and law enforcement officers in Phase 1B.
The Department of Health announced the nearly 700,000 Wisconsinites 65 years or older will be eligible for the vaccine starting Monday, Jan. 25.
Evers' last mandate in Nov. 2020 extended the mask mandate through January.