MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services announced Monday afternoon that 50,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will arrive this week in the state.

According to the release, state health officials have partnered with eight regional hubs with the ultra-low temperature storage capabilities needed for the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccines will be redistributed to providers within each region.

The first populations to receive the vaccine statewide will be frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The first batch includes 49,725 doses.

Additional shipments are anticipated in the coming weeks and months once more supply becomes available.

“While we are excited and ready to begin vaccinating those that experts have identified as priority populations, we must remember that this is going to be a long process for everyone,” said Secretary-designee Andrea Palm in the release. “We are asking Wisconsinites to be patient and continue to help slow the spread of the virus by staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask, physical distancing, getting tested, and washing your hands.”

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