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People with a preexisting condition will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of the Wisconsin launch, to be announced this week, senior state health officials said on Monday.

Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of the state health service, said Monday that the next phase of the launch, known as “Phase 1C”, will be announced later this week.

“Obviously we heard a loud noise, and CDC recommendations state that` `it will include people with other chronic conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19, ” she said during the Cooperation Council Monday’s meeting. Intergovernmental, which involves officials from each party from 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County.

Government officials have faced criticism for failing to qualify those with pre-existing conditions sooner. President Joe Biden was asked about the issue by Oak Creek mother of a teenager with lung disease in Milwaukee City Hall last month.

It is unclear which date the next group will be eligible. The state reported Monday that more than 60% of people 65 and older received at least one vaccine.

Recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said initially that the stage of this phase 1C release should include people aged 16 to 64 years with a medical condition that “Increases the risk of serious and life-threatening complications from COVID-19”

It will also recommend some essential practitioners, including those working in food service, construction, housing and finance, information technology, communication, law, and media.

Previously, the CDC had suggested including people aged 65-74 in the Phase 1C group, but in January it was advised to postpone their qualifications, including those with certain conditions.

Wisconsin moves people 65 and older to the current stage of their rollout, known as Phase 1B, but not those with an existing condition who are 64 or older.

On Monday, Willems Van Dijk added: “We can predict when we will be able to embrace the entire population in the future.”

She said last week that “Part of the decision is to look at what conditions are pre-existing and use CDC research to see the strongest evidence for which condition is causing COVID-19.”

“When you think about how long other diseases have been studied, other infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis C, Ebola or Zika, or other emerging infections, we have many years. To look at those infections or diseases and understand the causes contributing, ‘she told reporters during a media briefing.

She added that officials were trying. “Including the people we know are at risk, how we can put people who may be at risk, and what can we do to keep the vaccination system out of control?”

The Associated Press reports that there are as many as 2 million residents of Wisconsin.

“As we look forward to getting more vaccines, and we’ve made great progress over the last month. But we know we still have more people who need the vaccine than can get it, ”Willems van Dijk said. Open a button for people with chronic conditions who are so desperate to have a vaccination day, they’ll want to be at the forefront. “

Contact Mary Spicuzza at (414) 224-2324 or mary.spicuzza@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MSpicuzzaMJS

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