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UW-Madison to begin vaccinating campus community aged 65 and older

MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison will vaccinate people affiliated with its campus who are 65 and older against COVID-19 beginning on Monday. 

The university announced that it had invited 1,800 people meeting that description to make schedules to get a vaccine. 

UW Health has encouraged people to learn more about its vaccination process by visiting uwhealth.org/vaccine

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that it would expand vaccine availability to those 65 and older earlier this week. People in that age group can get the shots beginning on Monday. 

Those who are eligible to get the vaccine are asked to contact their health care provider to make an appointment to get the shot. 

Health care workers have asked that the public check their provider's website for information if possible. Large call volumes inquiring about the vaccine have overwhelmed some hospitals. 

Critics of the vaccine rollout have pointed to the slow distribution of the vaccine since the first shot was approved for emergency use last year. 

Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, has blamed slow shipments of the vaccine from the federal government, while Republicans have criticized his administration's leadership on the issue. 

So far, 285,258 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin, according to data from the state Department of Health Services. Another 100,100 doses are being shipped to the state.

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