Wisconsin doctors prepare for first rounds of vaccine distribution in December

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Western Wisconsin continues to come closer to having a COVID-19 vaccine available.

With several vaccines awaiting FDA approval, Coulee Region physicians expect to have vaccinations available in the next few weeks for the first group of recipients. Those first in line are healthcare workers and those living in long-term care facilities.

Dr. Raj Naik with Gundersen Health System said, “What I’ve been telling people is that I’m hopeful that we’ll have a vaccine here locally sometime this month. Nobody can commit to a date yet, but I’m very confident that we will start seeing a vaccine in the area sometime this month.”

Naik also estimates lower-risk patients and the general public won’t be eligible to receive the vaccine until it’s more widely available in the spring or late summer of 2021.

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