EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire City-County Health Department gave a COVID-19 update live from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.

Eau Claire County data:

Averaging seven to nine cases a day in Eau Claire.

Currently those 16 and older are eligible to get the vaccine

Goal is to get the 80% vaccinated by July 1, but health officials worry that we will even reach 60% of our community vaccinated.

Health officials add that the variant strains of COVID-19 are in our community and the more spread we have, the more likely we will have the variant strains.

Health Department officials say with summer coming up, many people want a fun and healthy summer. If people get vaccinated this week, they would be fully vaccinated by June. This full vaccination will mean less community spread.

700 doses a day of the Pfizer vaccine are available at the Zorn Arena mass vaccination site at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire campus. More than 5,000 vaccines have been given at this site so far.

Those 16 or 17 are to have a parent with them when receiving the vaccine, or a signed permission slip will be needed.

Eau Claire Chamber member Dave Minor stresses that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is important and is the right thing to do right now. They added that we need the local economy back on track and that going back to closing down due to COVID-19 would shut business down.

Mike Golat, City Administrator for the City of Altoona, says, “For the good of the community, for the good of business, please get your vaccine.” His is encouraging the vaccine that would allow more community events like music in the park, recreational activities and sporting events can return.

Kathy Wright from County Jam USA says it is up to each and every one of us to get vaccinated. Adding that the entertainment industry was the first to close and they are expected to be the last to open, but getting vaccinated and staying safe will allow things to open again.

Vaccine hesitancy is still present in Eau Claire County but Health Director Lieske Giese says that making the vaccine more accessible might help get more people vaccinated. The health department is also going on site to help actively vaccinate others in the community. People are encouraged to bring a friend and get vaccinated together if they are more hesitant.

Giese says vaccine surplus is being watched and that at the Zorn Arena site, vaccines stay in the deep freezer until they are needed. This allows vaccinators to make sure vaccines are not gone to waste.

The Eau Claire City- County Health Department is scheduled to give a COVID-19 update at 3:30 p.m.

To watch the livestream, click here.

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