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Nurse Debbie Spielmann administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Jackie Doyle at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.

Beloit’s COVID-19 vaccination rate continues to lag behind neighboring municipalities and the Rock County rate as the omicron variant surges in the region, according to data published Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The city of Beloit reported a first-dose vaccination rate of 47.6% (17,519 doses) with 43.3% of residents (15,960 doses) fully vaccinated, DHS data shows. In the town of Beloit, 71% of residents (5,437 doses) have at least one shot and 65.3% (5,000 doses) of town residents are fully vaccinated.

In Janesville, 62.7% of city residents (40,311 doses) have received at least one vaccine dose and 58.8% of city residents (37,785 doses) are fully vaccinated.

Rock County’s overall first-dose vaccination rate is 61.8%, and 57.3% of county residents are fully vaccinated. In December 2021, 4,779 vaccine doses were administered in the county. So far in January, 1,371 doses have been administered, DHS data shows.

More than 43,000 booster vaccinations have been administered in Rock County. Of the approximately 83,000 people in the county who are eligible for a booster dose, 52% have received one, which represents 26.5% of the total population, according to the Rock County Public Health Department.

Across Wisconsin, 62.6% of state residents have received one dose while 58.6% of residents in the state are fully vaccinated.

To make a vaccine appointment in Rock County, visit rockcounty shot.com.

Rock County reported 338 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the countywide total to 28,381 cases and 260 virus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, health department data shows. An estimated 4,227 cases remain active in Rock County as of Wednesday.

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