ICYMI: Tony Evers is ‘satisfied’ with botched vaccine rollout

ICYMI: Tony Evers is ‘satisfied’ with botched vaccine rollout

January 15, 2021

[Madison, WI] – On Wednesday, Tony Evers told WISN 12 News that he was “satisfied” with his botched rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite Wisconsin’s poor standing as the 10th among 12 Midwest states for vaccine distribution.

While Evers has been quick to point fingers and claim that he needs more vaccines from the federal government in order to do his job, fewer than half of the doses already shipped to Wisconsin have been administered.

Additionally, as Wisconsin Hospital CEO Eric Borgerding noted, Evers’ cumbersome bureaucratic process for determining who is eligible for the vaccine has meant that, while providers are ready to vaccinate more Wisconsinites, they lack the “flexibility” to do so.

See the WISN interview and read the full write-up here or find excerpts below.

Gov. Tony Evers defends state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Matt Smith
January 13, 2021

Facing growing criticism from Republican lawmakers, Gov. Tony Evers defended the state’s vaccine rollout in an interview with WISN 12 News Wednesday.

“We believe we’re doing a pretty good job, frankly,” Evers said.

Data updated Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services showed about 47% of the state’s vaccine shipments have been administered.

Republican leaders in recent days have grown more vocal in their criticism.
“We’ve seen other states handle this in a much better way,” State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said Tuesday.

The Assembly Committee on Health is holding a public hearing on Thursday about the state’s response.

Evers said it will take until at least this summer to begin vaccinating every Wisconsinite who wants a vaccine, adding whatever the state does “it is not going to happen overnight.”

See the interview and read the full write-up here.