MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced that Madison will host a federally supported mass vaccination site beginning Wednesday.
FEMA will provide federal staff and support services for the mass vaccination site at the Alliant Energy Center, and the state of Wisconsin is committed to providing up to 7,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week for the site.
“This is one of the largest vaccination efforts our state has ever undertaken and it takes teamwork at all levels to ensure that we all receive the vaccine as quickly, fairly and safely as possible,” Governor Evers said in a statement. “I am grateful for FEMA’s support of our state and coordination with our local partners to help our most vulnerable populations obtain the protection they need so that we can all survive this pandemic.”
The governor’s office says the mass vaccination site will have the capacity to vaccinate 1,400 people per day.
The Alliant Energy Center will host an additional 26 federal government employees to help increase the number of doses delivered at the site. This means that the operation will be able to increase from eight lanes to eleven.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has been in talks with the federal government to try to get this help for months.
“It really is a reflection of our facilities at the Alliant Energy Center. You know we’ve shown that we can get thousands of people through for testing. We have shown that we can get a lot of vaccines, getting people in and out of there. And we have shown them that we have the capacity, the capacity to expand even further, ”said Parisi.
Public Health Madison and Dane County said the hands and extra doses will go a long way.
DHS will also increase Public Health Madison and Dane County’s vaccine allocation from 5,600 doses per week to 7,700.
“We hope it will be Johnson & Johnson and a single shot, but if not, we will take whatever vaccine is available,” said Doug Voegeli of Public Health Madison and Dane County.
This could also help more Madison area residents get appointments closer to home.
“I think the demand here in Dane County is a little bit higher than in other areas. So it may be a bit more difficult in Dane County right now to get an invite. However, I think in the next few weeks you’ll see that relax a bit, ”Voegeli said.
“Collaboration has been key in our response to the pandemic, so I am pleased to welcome FEMA to Madison,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “I am grateful for the partnership between the city, public health, Dane County, the state and the federal government that will accelerate the process of vaccinating people here in Madison.”
Vaccination appointments will still need to be made in advance for the mass vaccination site by registering through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry at vaccinate.wi.gov or by calling 1-844-684-1064.
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