The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that individuals age 65 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, Jan. 25, marking another step into phase 1B, as police and fire personnel began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week.
Currently, vaccine rollout is for those in phase 1A and specific groups within phase 1B. Those groups include individuals 65 and older, along with police and fire personnel.
No other groups have been defined yet and information on the rest of phase 1B eligibility will be shared as available from DHS, according to the Fond du Lac County Health Department.
The county health department, in partnership with Emergency Management and Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, will hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics for individuals age 65 and older starting Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The clinic will be held at the Fond du Lac County Expo Center. It will not be a drive-through clinic and masks will be required inside.
To register for the clinic, call Fond du Lac County Health Department at 920-929-3085 and press 1 to schedule an appointment.
The health department will ask for individuals first and last name, email and date of birth.
Walk-ins will not be accepted and the vaccine being offered is expected to be the Pfizer vaccine which is a two dose series.
Individuals will be scheduled for their first and second dose appointments upon registration.
Public health officials say additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be announced as information becomes available. Primary care providers will be an avenue to get vaccinated as more vaccines become available, the health department said.
Agnesian HealthCare patients interested in receiving notification of COVID-19 vaccine availability are encouraged to sign up for an online MyChart account at www.MyChart.ssmhc.com.
“Agnesian HealthCare appreciates that people are eager to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, but requests people refrain from calling their health care provider for information to keep phone lines open for patients who are experiencing symptoms or have acute care needs,” said Missy Tate, Agnesian work and wellness director.
Public health officials noted that it will take time for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine to get one.
Until and after COVID-19 vaccines are broadly available, the CDC continues to recommend that people take all the necessary precautions to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19:
- Keep 6 feet away from others
- Wear a mask
- Wash hands often
- Stay home if you feel sick
Public health officials added that the combination of a vaccine and these prevention measures will help the community in an eventual return to normal.
To sign up for email alerts when updates are available, visit webpage: www.fdlco.wi.gov/departments/departments-f-m/health-department/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine.
Visit the Fond du Lac County COVID-19 webpage at www.fdlco.wi.gov for more information.
For questions about vaccine eligibility, call or email public health at 920-929-3085 or email@example.com.