LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The COVID-19 vaccine is likely here to stay, at least for a while.
In a media briefing Thursday afternoon, Mayo Clinic Health System says preliminary data shows the COVID-19 vaccine may be needed for a few more years.
While right now there is not sufficient data to determine if people will need to be vaccinated every year, infectious disease experts with mayo say it does look like that’s the case.
Abinash Virk, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist, Mayo Clinic said, “We can predict is that there’s a high likelihood that COVID-19 is going to be an annual vaccine. It is difficult to tell but it is likely going to be an annual vaccine similar to influenza.”
In the northwest Wisconsin region, Mayo Clinic Health System received a little more than one thousand COVID-19 doses this week.
The percentage of Wisconsinites fully vaccinated is at 9.4. The total number of people vaccinated is up by more than 23-thousand today.
Eau Claire County’s total number of community members vaccinated is just two shy of 12- thousand. That’s 11.5 percent of the county’s population. Chippewa County is at 11 percent. La Crosse County has 12.2 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Barron County is at 6.8 percent and Dunn County is at six percent.
The number of positive test results in Wisconsin goes up today by 677. The 7-day positivity average by test sits at 2.3 percent. Deaths go up by 12. This includes one new death in Dunn County.
New cases there go up by seven. Eau Claire County’s case count increases by 25. Chippewa County adds eight cases. La Crosse County sees nine more positive test results. Barron County adds 8.