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COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Variant Identified in Wood County

Posted 4/8/2021 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/8/21

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

(715) 421-8911

COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Variant Identified in Wood County

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – On April 5th, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services opened up eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone age 16 and older. Wood County now has an option for online self-scheduling as a way to access a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, due to the type of vaccine available to our department, people who are 18+ are able to be vaccinated through the drive thru clinics. If you are  interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine you can, 1) check appointment availability on the Wood County Vaccine Information page to self-schedule or,  2) call 715-421-8931 (for Spanish call 715-421-8936, for Hmong call 715-315-0374). Available appointment times for the week will be released weekly on Monday mornings; these slots are available on a first come first serve basis. Please complete the consent form in advance of your appointment if you have access to a printer and are able. This will speed up the process at the drive thru vaccine clinic. As of April 7, 24,029 (32.9%) Wood County residents have received at least one dose. 72.8% of Wood County residents 65 and older have received at least one dose.  

The Wood County Health Department has been notified of a B.1.1.7 variant case (U.K. variant) in a resident. The U.K. variant is more easily transmissible and has a higher fatality rate. However, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services states based on initial evidence, all three authorized vaccines available in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) effectively reduce the risk of COVID-19 for all of the circulating variants. 

Other COVID-19 vaccines are in development. The Wood County Health Department is currently administering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have gone through the same safety tests standards as other vaccines. Millions of people have received the COVID-19 vaccine safely. Very few people have had severe side effects from the vaccine. You are more likely to have long-term serious side effects if you get COVID-19 and are not vaccinated. None of the vaccines can cause COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control

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