Wisconsin Won’t Get As Much COVID-19 Vaccine As Promised

Federal Government Shorts Several States On Allocation Of Pfizer Vaccine

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Dr. Brian Thompson, right, looks at his vaccination card after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Add Wisconsin to the list of states told by the federal government that it will be receiving less coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech than initially expected.

Gov. Tony Evers said Friday the state was told Thursday it will be receiving 35,100 doses of the vaccine, less than expected after 49,725 arrived this week.

Evers called the news “unacceptable.”

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“Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised,” Evers wrote in a statement. “Our healthcare workers and long-term care residents need this vaccine that is ready and available. We call on the federal government to send us more vaccine without delay.”

Several states say they have been told to expect far fewer doses of the Pfizer vaccine in its second week of distribution, prompting worries about potential delays in shots for health care workers and long-term care residents.

As of Friday, Wisconsin had nearly 452,000 positive cases and 4,315 deaths.