COVID-19: Vaccine Data

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The federal government allocates COVID-19 vaccine to Wisconsin based on population size. Once the vaccine is allocated, Wisconsin places an order with the federal government so they know exactly where to send the vaccine. Orders may not include the entire federal allocation due to timing of allocations and balancing of first and second dose distributions. For the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, doses are shipped first to regional hospitals (called hubs) before going on to locations where they will ultimately be administered. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shipped directly to locations that will give vaccine.* Similar to ordering a package online, once vaccine is shipped it can still take several days to reach its final destination. Once the vaccine arrives at a location, they are able to begin vaccinating the populations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and State Disaster and Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) as soon as they are able.

*As part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program, DHS is using a portion of Wisconsin’s Moderna vaccine allocation for long-term care facilities. These doses are directed to vaccinating locations by the federal government and are therefore not reflected in data for ordered or in transit doses. These numbers help, in part, to explain the difference between the allocated and ordered data displayed below.

The remaining allocated doses are made available for currently eligible populations which includes front-line health care workers; police, fire, and correctional staff; and people age 65 and older.

Demographic information such as sex, race, and ethnicity are not required to be reported in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). Additionally, WIR cannot store multiple race variables for a single vaccination record, regardless of how many are reported. As such, demographic breakdowns of vaccine administration by sex, race, and ethnicity will be incomplete and imprecise. However, this data is a critical tool that provides insight into the vaccine program and helps inform decisions to ensure vaccine distribution is fair and equitable.

Systemic barriers and social factors including access to quality health care, housing, transportation, and job opportunities, often referred to as systemic racism, has exacerbated the disparate impacts of COVID-19 experienced by Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other communities of color in Wisconsin, including disparities in vaccine rates. Through targeted distribution and strategic outreach with community stakeholders, Wisconsin is making deliberate choices to reduce barriers to access the COVID-19 vaccine and provide much-needed relief to communities that have withstood the worst of this pandemic.

Data on this page may differ from data reported on the CDC COVID Data Tracker due to the fact that data may be updated on different schedules and reflect data "as of" different dates or times of day. There may also be a delay between the time a vaccination record appears in the state system and when it is received by CDC. To learn more about vaccination data, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

We plan to update distribution data (allocated, ordered, and in transit) every Tuesday at 2 p.m and administration data daily at 2 p.m.

 

Understanding our data: What does this chart mean?

Allocated: This section provides the total number of all COVID-19 vaccine doses made available to Wisconsin by the federal government, including doses allocated for the federal Long-term Care Pharmacy Partnership Program (a subset of the total allocation). This number includes both first and second dose allocations. Doses are allocated based on Wisconsin's population size compared to that of other states, regardless of the state's vaccination phase.

Underneath the total allocation, we have included a specific breakdown of allocations for the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care residents and staff. The remainder of the total allocation are doses made available by the federal government for the other populations that qualify for vaccination in Wisconsin's current vaccination phase. This currently includes front-line health care workers; police, fire, and correctional staff; and people age 65 and older.

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program began on February 10, 2021. Doses for this program are allocated directly from the federal government to pharmacy partners and are NOT included in Wisconsin's allocation.

Ordered: This section provides the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been ordered for vaccine providers in Wisconsin from the federal government's allocation for the state. Orders are placed weekly based on the number of vaccine providers in Wisconsin who can schedule and safely administer doses for the week. This does not include doses that have been transferred for the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program. This is a cumulative count of COVID-19 vaccine doses recorded as shipped to Wisconsin providers since December 13, 2020.

In transit:This section reflects the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses vaccine providers in Wisconsin ordered in the previous week. These doses have been shipped by the federal government and are in transit to vaccine locations throughout Wisconsin. These doses will arrive at vaccine locations throughout the week for providers to administer.

Administered: This section provides the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been given to people in Wisconsin, including doses administered through both the Long-term Care and Retail Federal Pharmacy Partnership programs, doses reported by Tribal health sites that receive vaccine from Indian Health Service (IHS), and some Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics. The total includes Wisconsin residents and non-residents who received a COVID-19 vaccine in the state. The line beneath shows the change in vaccines administered by day.

About our data: How do we measure this?

Data source: The Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR)

Every night at 11:30pm we extract vaccine administration data from WIR that will be reported on the DHS website by 2:00pm the following day. WIR is a live system and providers are constantly sending immunization data. Therefore, data will look different if it is extracted at a different time of day.

Vaccination administration: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccines administered. The Vaccine Distribution Summary includes all vaccine doses administered by Wisconsin vaccine providers. This includes doses administered to people who resided out-of-state, but who live, work, or study in Wisconsin and qualify for vaccination in-state. This provides information to track the allocation, distribution, and administration of vaccine by Wisconsin's vaccinators. The COVID-19 Vaccines for Wisconsin Residents dashboard displays data for Wisconsin recipients of the vaccine. This information is used to inform vaccination coverage for the state.

Vaccine dose: One vaccine dose is one vaccine product (like a shot or a nasal spray). Some vaccines require two or more doses to protect you fully against a disease. Other vaccines give you enough protection to fight the disease after just one dose or shot.

Series completion: Many vaccines require multiple doses spaced out by weeks, months, or years to provide the best protection against a disease. Once someone receives the recommended number of doses within the correct timeframe, their series is considered complete.

A person can complete their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series if they get their second dose at least 21 days after their first dose.

A person can complete their Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series if they get their second dose at least 28 days after their first dose.

Vaccine locations: A doctor’s office, pharmacy, local or tribal health department, or other location where people can get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine record: A list of all vaccines an individual has received along with information about the vaccine, such as name of the vaccine and which provider gave the vaccine.

Vaccination coverage: An estimated percentage of the whole population who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or completed the vaccine series. This helps us understand how well communities are protected from COVID-19. It also helps us see which areas and groups are less protected against COVID-19 so we can take action to help improve vaccination coverage and protect everyone from COVID-19.

Population estimates: U.S. Census Bureau annual state population totals.

Please note: Data reported prior to February 11, 2021 utilized population estimates from the Wisconsin Interactive Health Statistics (WISH) query system. These estimates use the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and data from the Department of Administration to produce statewide and county-level population estimates by age groups, sex, race, and ethnicity for non-Census years. To promote transparency in the COVID-19 vaccination response and to allow for comparisons between states and other jurisdictions, DHS will now be using the same population estimates used by the CDC.

Data shown are subject to change. For more information, see the data FAQ. Some examples of corrections or updates that affect an area’s coverage include:

  • Removing duplicates or merging and consolidation of records
  • Updating a patient's address to a different county or state

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Understanding our data: What does this chart mean?

Vaccines are one of the best tools we have to protect our communities against COVID-19. As with our other tools, vaccines work best when everyone gets them. DHS is working to get COVID-19 vaccine to Wisconsinites as equitably, quickly, and safely as possible.

This dashboard displays various data on COVID-19 vaccines administered to Wisconsin residents. It provides breakdowns of vaccines administered by county, healthcare emergency readiness coalition (HERC) region, age, sex, race, and ethnicity. The dashboard also presents the total number of doses administered to Wisconsin residents each week.

Percentages represent the vaccine coverage of the selected geography or demographic group. This helps us understand how well communities are protected from COVID-19. It also helps us see which areas and groups have fewer individuals being vaccinated so we can take action to help improve coverage and protect everyone from COVID-19.

Please note: Demographic data such as sex, race, and ethnicity are not required to be reported in WIR. Therefore, this data may not be available for all individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. As patient information is updated or completed in WIR, we expect to see the number of vaccinations reported without demographic information to decrease.

About our data: How do we measure this?

Data source: The Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR)

Every night at 11:30pm we extract vaccine administration data from WIR that will be reported on the DHS website by 2:00pm the following day. WIR is a live system and providers are constantly sending immunization data. Therefore, data will look different if it is extracted at a different time of day.

Vaccination administration: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccines administered. The Vaccine Distribution Summary includes all vaccine doses administered by Wisconsin vaccine providers. This includes doses administered to people who resided out-of-state, but who live, work, or study in Wisconsin and qualify for vaccination in-state. This provides information to track the allocation, distribution, and administration of vaccine by Wisconsin's vaccinators. The COVID-19 Vaccines for Wisconsin Residents dashboard displays data for Wisconsin recipients of the vaccine. This information is used to inform vaccination coverage for the state.

Vaccine dose: One vaccine dose is one vaccine product (like a shot or a nasal spray). Some vaccines require two or more doses to protect you fully against a disease. Other vaccines give you enough protection to fight the disease after just one dose or shot.

Series completion: Many vaccines require multiple doses spaced out by weeks, months, or years to provide the best protection against a disease. Once someone receives the recommended number of doses within the correct timeframe, their series is considered complete.

A person can complete their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series if they get their second dose at least 21 days after their first dose.

Vaccine locations: A doctor’s office, pharmacy, local or tribal health department, or other location where people can get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine record: A list of all vaccines an individual has received along with information about the vaccine, such as name of the vaccine and which provider gave the vaccine.

Vaccination coverage: An estimated percentage of the whole population who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. This helps us understand how well communities are protected from COVID-19. It also helps us see which areas and groups are less protected against COVID-19 so we can take action to help improve vaccination coverage and protect everyone from COVID-19.

Population estimates: U.S. Census Bureau annual state population totals. 

Please note: Data reported prior to February 11, 2021 utilized population estimates from the Wisconsin Interactive Health Statistics (WISH) query system. These estimates use the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and data from the Department of Administration to produce statewide and county-level population estimates by age groups, sex, race, and ethnicity for non-Census years. To promote transparency in the COVID-19 vaccination response and to allow for comparisons between states and other jurisdictions, DHS will now be using the same population estimates used by the CDC.

Data shown are subject to change. For more information, see the data FAQ. Some examples of corrections or updates that affect an area’s coverage include:

  • Removing duplicates or merging and consolidation of records
  • Updating a patient's address to a different county or state

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How can I download DHS COVID-19 data?

All DHS COVID-19 data is available for download directly from the chart on the page. You can click on the chart and then click "Download" at the bottom of the chart (gray bar).

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You can find more instructions on how to download COVID-19 data or access archived spatial data by visiting our FAQ page. The data dictionary (PDF) provides more information about the different elements available in the data above.

Last Revised: February 17, 2021

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