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Dane, Grant and Iowa Counties lead the state in vaccinations of 65+ population

The three counties have at least 80% of this age group vaccinated with one dose.
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 4:11 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 6:36 PM CDT
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DODGEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - Three counties in the NBC15 Viewing Area are leading the way in vaccinating the most vulnerable group: people 65 and older.

The NBC15 Vaccine Team reviewed DHS data to determine the following percentages vaccinated with at least one dose in the 65 and older population:

  • Dane – 85.4%
  • Iowa – 81.8%
  • Grant 81.4%

Health officials in both Iowa and Grant County say they were aggressive in their approach of vaccinating this population.

Dan Rohrbach, the President and CEO of Southwest Health, says the hospital held clinics to vaccinate as many of its eligible patients as possible.

“It’s also been exhilarating to know that there’s finally been some protection especially for those most vulnerable,” said Rohrbach.

However, Rohrbach says as more people within this age group received the vaccine, the supply began to dry up.

“I think the most we had in a week was 1,200 doses,” said Rohrbach. “We went to getting zero for a couple of weeks.”

He says he’s hopeful more vaccines will come next week as those with preexisting medical conditions become eligible.

“It is a little frustrating but on the flip slide it’s gratifying to know that our high-risk people are protected,” Rohrbach said.

Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert says Iowa County has also been receiving fewer vaccines in recent weeks.

“It sure felt like the allotments we were getting were being affected by trying to catch others up,” said Hurlbert. “We don’t know that for a fact and it’s a guess.”

Hurlbert says the focus of Iowa County is to give out as many doses as it can each week to those who are eligible.

“We just try and do the job that we’re here to do and make sure that what we do gets put into the arms,” he added.

To sign up to be on the wait list in Iowa County, click HERE.

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