Western Wisconsin residents continue to trail the state vaccination rate, despite plenty of available doses of three different vaccines for COVID-19.

Only St. Croix (2.8%) and Pierce (1.9%) counties saw a greater increase in the past week than the state's overall 1.6% increase. However, most of the other counties in western Wisconsin saw an increase of about 1% of its population receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. Public health directors continue to say they have increasing access to supply of vaccines, including the return of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose formula, but they are not seeing as many people as they'd like wanting them.

The state's 1.6% increase is a significant decline from last week's 3.0% growth rate a week ago, and also down from a 2.6% increase from two weeks ago.

Dane County now leads the state, with 59.5% of the Madison-area county having received at least one dose; that is an increase from 56.2% last week. Other counties with more than 50% having at least one dose are Door (59.0%), Bayfield (55.4%) and Ozaukee (51.1%) counties.

Taylor County (24.0% with at least one dose) remains last of the state's 72 counties in vaccination rate, up 1.5% in the past week. Clark (24.1%) and Rusk (27.4%) counties are the next-lowest counties in the state.

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Only three of the 12 western Wisconsin counties, Eau Claire, Buffalo and Trempealeau, have exceeded that state average, same as they did a week ago.

Statewide, 2.5 million Wisconsin residents (43.1%) have received at least one dose, with 1.96 million (33.8%) having completed their vaccine series. A week ago, 2.42 million (41.5%) had received one dose and 1.77 million (30.4$) had completed their vaccine series.

Roughly 80.8% of Wisconsin's seniors (age 65 and up) have now received at least one dose, up from 80.1% last week, and up from 78.9% two weeks ago. About 60.2% of those ages 55 to 64 have also received at least one shot, up from 57.9% a week ago.

Teens ages 16 and 17 are eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine, and roughly 25.3% have gotten at least one dose, up from 21.7% a week ago.

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