Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Department of Health is making the COVID-19 vaccine available to everyone 16 years and older in its two walk-in clinics.
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Local health leaders say that not only are cases on the increase, but the impact of the virus on children may be greater than ever.
The latest number of COVID-19 cases in Milwaukee County shows that there are an average of 117 new infections every day, an increase of nearly 100% in the past three weeks.
Free walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in North District High School
Dr. Ben Weston of the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management said that this increase is likely the result of the widespread spread of B.1.1.7 (or the British variant). He said that the new virus strain is 50% more infectious than the original virus, and its severity is 60% higher than the original virus.
Weston said: “If you are infected with a new virus today, the likelihood of being hospitalized or dying from this infection may increase by 60%.”
The most disturbing thing is that preliminary data suggests that children may be spreading this new virus. Just this week, a daycare activity in Danny County was related to the outbreak of B.1.1.7.
Weston said: “Cases like Dane County and other parts of the country must have raised people’s alarm.”
COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the center of Wisconsin
Health officials said that the epidemic will not affect the local health order.
Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said: “Many of our childcare centers are open and have safety plans in place, including in our schools.” “We are confident in the existing mitigation measures. Including MPS activation.”
Instead, they said this situation underscores the importance of vaccination.
Weston said: “What all vaccines have in common is the efficacy of hospitalization and death. That is 100%.”
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Doctors said that they are still not sure why children are more protected than traditional strains, and why the B.1.1.7 strain has a greater impact on children than traditional strains.
They expect more data on the subject to be released soon. So far, the good news is that children are less infected.