Covid-19 Vaccine Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 1/19/2021 Contact: Jean Weston Health Officer
65 and Older Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
Langlade County Health Department is excited to share this update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS):
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that adults over the age of 65 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 25. Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and police and fire personnel are eligible. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older and Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from the federal government. It will take time to vaccinate this population in Wisconsin.
“Older adults have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritizing this population will help save lives,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Wisconsin systems and operations are ready to vaccinate more people. The amount of vaccine we get from the federal government will determine how quickly we can get these groups vaccinated. Our partners in health care, pharmacies and local public health are ready and up to the task.”
Adults 65 and older have been recommended by the federal government and discussed by the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC). COVID-19 has more severe consequences in older adults and prioritizing this population will help protect more Wisconsinites from serious illness and death. The full recommendations from SDMAC on the rest of 1B eligibility will be voted on later this week.
Read the full press release here.
Langlade County Health Department is asking eligible individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and who have not already contacted a vaccine provider to complete this https://forms.gle/tpHjKbUDGWkjEjA2A (Must open link in Google Chrome) to assist us in planning and assuring access to the vaccine. Vaccine availability will continue to drive this expanded rollout.
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Newsletter Now Available to Keep Public Informed of COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Progress
Langlade County Health Department would like to share the following announcement with our community:
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today a newsletter the public can sign up for to get direct information about the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout. Every Friday, a COVID-19 update newsletter will be sent via email to people who sign up to receive it. Registration is now open at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDHS/subscriber/new?topic_id=WIDHS_578
Archived copies of the weekly newsletter will also be available. “Throughout this pandemic, we have remained committed to keeping the residents of Wisconsin as informed as possible,” said Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “The more quality information we have, the more effective we can be in making healthy and safe choices. That is why we have regularly updated data dashboards and science-based guidance on our website, and it is also why we want to add a weekly newsletter to our communications toolbox.”
In addition to an update on vaccine eligibility and the number of vaccinations administered in Wisconsin, the newsletter will include key updates from the previous week, as well as COVID-19 resources and links to where Wisconsinites can find more detailed information.
Currently, the federal government only gives one week notice on the number of vaccines available for that week. The current allocation of 70,000 first doses is inadequate to meet the growing demand for vaccine across the state. Due to this short notice and instability of allocation, eligible populations change quickly. The newsletter will provide new information about eligible populations for vaccinations along with other communications updates about the COVID-19 response.
For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage or register for the weekly update email(link is external). You can also follow @DHSWI on Facebook(link is external), Twitter(link is external), or dhs.wi on Instagram(link is external) for more information on COVID-19.