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Sheriff shows he trusts the vaccine, says vaccinations are 'a crucial step in getting...back on track'

Sheriff shows he trusts the vaccine, says vaccinations are 'a crucial step in getting...back on track'

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Sheriff Christopher Schmaling gets COVID vaccine

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling recieves a COVID-19 vaccination Sunday at Ascension All Saints Hospital.

RACINE — Racine County’s sheriff has accepted his own personal COVID-19 vaccination, expressing confidence in the process and urging others to get vaccinated.

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling issued a statement Sunday that he received his first vaccination against COVID-19 at Ascension All Saints Hospital.

“I am leading the way to show my trust in the vaccination,” Schmaling said in a prepared statement.

In the first two weeks of the year, more than 38,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.That's almost two deaths every minute. And the CDC now projects that as many as 92,000 more deaths could be reported over the next three weeks.  There is some promising news though.The U.S. has now administered more than 10 million doses of vaccines. Following new guidance from the Trump administration, California is now offering the vaccine to people 65 or older. 

Other law enforcement officials in Racine County will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine this week under the state’s vaccine rollout plan.

Schmaling thanked Ascension and the Central Racine County Health Department for their efforts to make the vaccine available. He encouraged his staff and others in law enforcement to get themselves vaccinated against the contagious upper respiratory virus.

“As more vaccinations become available, I am hopeful that others will receive it as well,” he said. “I believe this is a crucial step in getting our nation and economy back on track.”

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