MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – Milwaukee health officials say they will continue to push vaccination efforts with area organizations and sports teams so more people roll up their sleeves. This after national data shows that the incentives work to convince people to get vaccinated.
“It makes me happy that we made this decision, when we made the decision I think it was the right time to start bringing life back to normal,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
A week after Milwaukee lifted its health order, officials say trends in Milwaukee County are at an all time high with a 1.7% positivity rate and 20 new cases every day.
“Our data is proof that vaccinations help reduce the burden rate in our city,” said Kirsten Johnson, Milwaukee Health Commissioner.
“We are seeing a decrease in the disease burden and we are also seeing an increase in our number of vaccinations, although we want our vaccination numbers to continue to improve,” added Mayor Barrett.
Johnson says that on Tuesday, more than 50% of adults in the city received their first dose. National data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 37% of people in the “wait and see” category plan to get the vaccine within three months, and the incentives are working.
“Our numbers continue to decline week after week, but if we are to see this trend continue, we must also continue to vaccinate,” Johnson said. “I can say that the events for which we have incentives available have a higher count than the events which don’t, overwhelmingly.”
The Milwaukee Department of Health to host a draw for Bucks playoff tickets in the Deer District on Thursday, June 10e 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Brewers are also announcing two more pop-up vaccination clinics next week in exchange for two free tickets. The Brewers Clinic will start at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15e and 9:10 am on Wednesday June 16e.
Johnson plans to step up door-to-door vaccinations once efforts for the mobile pop-up clinics are completed.
“We are doing everything possible, as the health commissioner mentioned, to achieve this penetration into the neighborhoods,” added Mayor Barrettt. “So we have by no means taken our foot off the accelerator pedal.”
The Milwaukee Department of Health said last weekend’s Summerfest Clinic vaccinated 396 people and other weekend efforts in the area brought that number to 500. Doctors say with the news Delta variant that spreads in the United States, it is essential to get vaccinated.
“If you are not vaccinated and you are fortunate enough not to have contracted COVID yet, you are really on probation,” said Dr. Ben Weston, associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of the office of Milwaukee County Emergency Management. . “The virus is not the same as it was last spring or fall. It is much more contagious and potentially more dangerous, more serious.”