Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Department of Health is rolling out COVID-19 vaccination to anyone aged 16 and over at two walk-in clinics.
Previously, sites in North Division High School and South Division High School only provided images for residents of 10 selected zip codes.
Local health leaders say that not only But there are only more cases But the virus may affect children more than ever.
Milwaukee County’s latest COVID-19 count shows 117 new infections per day, a nearly 100% increase in the past three weeks.
Walk-in-free COVID-19 vaccination clinic at North Division High School.
Dr Ben Weston with Milwaukee County’s Office of Emergency Management said the increase was likely due to the B.1.1.7 variant, or the UK, becoming widespread. He said the new strain is 50% more contagious and 60% more severe than the original virus.
“If you got infected today with the new variant, you may be 60 percent more likely to be hospitalized or die from that infection,” Weston said.
The most worrisome preliminary data suggests that children can easily pass on new stress. Just this week, an outbreak of B.1.1.7 was linked to day care in Dane County.
“Such cases, Dane County cases and others across the country are sending alarms,” Weston said.
COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Wisconsin Center
Health officials said the outbreak would not affect local health orders.
“Many of our childcare centers are open and all have safety plans, including in our schools,” said Kirsten Johnson, Milwaukee health commissioner. “We are confident about the mitigation measures this has taken, including the MPS opening.”
But they said the situation underscored the importance of vaccination.
“One thing all vaccines have in common is efficacy in hospitalization and mortality, and that’s 100%,” Weston said.
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Doctors said they are still unsure why children might be more affected by the B.1.1.7 strain compared to the common breed, most of which are protected.
They expect more information on this topic soon.The good news is that the infection in children is mild.