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COVID-19 Vaccine Update.

Posted 3/22/2021 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us



CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Individuals with Certain Medical Conditions Now Eligible

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – On March 22, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services updated the groups that are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (listed below in priority order). Additional details about these eligible groups are available on the WI DHS vaccine webpage.

  • Frontline health care personnel
  • Residents of long-term care
  • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Education and child care staff
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers such as 911 operators, public transit, and grocery store employees
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Facility staff and residents of congregate living settings
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions

If you are interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine you can, 1) complete the contact form on our website or, 2) call 715-421-8931 (for Spanish call 715-421-8936). By filling out this form or calling, you will be contacted in the order your survey response was received to schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine as the vaccine becomes available. Healthcare systems are also offering vaccine appointments.

An option for future online self-scheduling as a way to access a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is being explored at this time and may become available as soon as next week.  

This week, Wood County Health Department requested 1000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and received 200 doses for community clinics and 700 doses for educators and childcare. Demand for the vaccine continues to be higher than the supply distributed. As of March 22, 18,658 Wood County residents have received at least one dose. 67.8% of Wood County residents 65 and older have received at least one dose.  

If you have plans to travel for spring break, CDC and WI DHS recommend all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative. Travelers who do not get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations. Here are the CDC’s travel recommendations and requirements before, during, and after travel.