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Getting Answers: Why the next group of vaccine recipients doesn’t include those with existing medical conditions

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Coronavirus Getting Answers

(WISN) -- On March 1, the next group of people will become eligible for a novel coronavirus vaccine. The group includes educators, child care workers, and public-facing essential workers like grocery workers and 911 operators.

However, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said the group will not include people with existing medical conditions.

During an interview with WISN 12 News, DHS said the people the next eligible group are at a high risk of spreading the disease. Deputy Department of Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Djik said people with existing medical conditions will get the vaccine before the general public, they just have to be patient.

"I know it's challenging to be told you are one of the people who have to wait, I'm one of the people who's waiting," Van Dijk told WISN 12 News. "I bet you're one of the people who's waiting, and we just need people's patience."

She said the rest of group 1C is still being decided. It's not expected to open up until mid-to-late April. However, that depends on the supply sent from the federal government.

"What we're hearing from the White House is we shouldn't see supply go down, and hopefully if anything we're gonna see it continue to build," Van Dijk said.

According to the most recent numbers from DHS, the state has ordered more than one million doses from the federal government.

Jessica Porter

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