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Vaccinations at Wisconsin long-term care facilites nearly done, health care official says

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State health officials say that they have almost completed distributing vaccines to Wisconsin's long-term care facilities.

Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Van Dijk effectively leads the department since its former leader took a position with the Biden administration.

"We were about 88 percent done by the end of last week, again we had hoped to be 100 percent but the weather and vaccine delivery got in the way of that last 12 percent, those are finishing this week," Van Dijk said.

Long-term care facilities, like nursing homes, have seen some of the pandemic's deadliest outbreaks. Vaccinating residents and staff in those places has been one of the state's foremost priorities during the vaccine distribution process.

Each facility will get three visits from state health care workers. The state's current focus is on finishing distributing second doses.

On March 1, the state will open up vaccinations to the next round of eligible groups. Those include teachers, child care workers and public transit authorities among others.