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FEMA scouting potential vaccination sites in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW/WISN) -- Right now, Milwaukee is on a list of 100 potential locations for a federal vaccination site.

According to WISN, state officials confirmed they are in talks with the federal government but nothing has been set in stone.

27 News has already reported that the Alliant Energy Center testing site in Madison has been floated by Dane County. Within the last few days, FEMA officials toured the site.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett told WISN that if there is a site in Milwaukee, they want to make sure there is a supply and financing that goes with it.

Public Health Madison and Dane County's emergency preparedness coordinator, Ken Van Horn, shared similar hopes.

"Ideally the federally resourced sites would get their vaccines directly from the federal government and not from the state allocation, and that would increase the overall amount of vaccines in the state," he said. "That would be ideal. I’m not sure if anyone knows if that’s the actual case yet."

Milwaukee officials have not shared where a potential vaccination site would be located.

In a statement, FEMA would only say that it's working with the state to determine how the federal government could support vaccination efforts, and that it's currently assessing locations for potential sites.

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