Wisconsin is in its 12th week of vaccination and is going through phases of those who qualify.
The first vaccines went to healthcare providers and people in long-term care facilities. In the months since, it has expanded to everyone aged 65 or over, police officers, firefighters and correctional staff, as well as teachers and childcare workers.
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There are several types of sites that provide vaccinations. Most, but not all, get their vaccine from the distribution of the vaccine by the state, which can vary from week to week.
The Wisconsin Department of Health has published a map and list of vaccine providers in the state at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-1
Here is a brief statement.
Healthcare systems connect with their patients ages 65 and older through phones, texts, emails, and patient portals such as MyChart to schedule appointments.
Aurora Health Care, Ascension Wisconsin and ProHealth give priority, based on age, medical condition and other factors, to patients at greatest risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
Most health systems have several vaccination sites. The Wisconsin Ascension, for example, has 14 states and four in Milwaukee County.
Health systems receive their doses from the state. Distributions increase over time, but vary weekly and are usually less than the demand for the vaccine.
Vaccines are distributed to each individual site and the distribution varies weekly, Ascension Wisconsin said.
Aurora Health Care patients are encouraged to download their LiveWell app. The healthcare system uses the app to connect with patients to make appointments. Patients will need to check the application regularly.
Aurora also connects with some patients via text and telephone.
A constant challenge is the number of calls that health systems receive from people seeking information on when they can be vaccinated.
“We understand that people are eager to schedule their meeting for vaccination against COVID-19,” Ascendance Wisconsin said in a statement. “Our teams work hard to contact eligible patients when it’s time to schedule their vaccination appointment.
“As vaccine supply remains limited, it will take several weeks for vaccines to be successfully planned and administered to eligible patient populations. In addition, a consistent weekly distribution of supplies remains a challenge.”
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Public health centers
Public health centers also receive doses of vaccines from the state and connect with eligible patients.
For example, Sixteen Street Health Centers in Milwaukee contact patients by text message or phone call to make appointments.
It is one of four health centers in Milwaukee that together provide care for about 85,000 people.
Sixteen Street currently wants 500 doses a week and is getting vaccinated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Cindy Cooper, vice president of progress, said in an email. He plans to expand his vaccinations to five days a week.
People who qualify for the next phase of vaccine administration can also call 414-672-1353 to make an appointment. It is recommended to call between 17 and 19 hours for a shorter waiting time.
Progressive community health centers also do vaccinations three days a weekAlison Kos, a doctor and chief medical officer, said in an email.
The health ministry gives priority to community health centers, Kos said, and Progressive was able to get all the vaccines it asked for.
It can give 200 vaccinations a week.
People who qualify for the next phase of vaccine administration can call Progressively in 414-935-800 to schedule an appointment or be placed on a waiting list.
Many places in Wisconsin Walgreens receive shipments of vaccines directly from the federal government through the new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Those eligible for the Wisconsin vaccine can register online at walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19 or by calling 1-800-925-4733.
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The number of doses varies from week to week.
You can join a vaccine appointment list by visiting clinic.meijer.com, send an SMS to COVID on 75049 or call or visit your local Meijer pharmacy. Be prepared to answer a few questions to determine if you qualify for a vaccine.
People with appointments will be contacted by date that they can administer it. They will be able to reject the proposed date in favor of a later date or cancel the process.
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Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save
Some Kroger grocery stores with pharmacies receive the vaccine from the state and have ways to register for the vaccine.
Both Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save have an online tool to check if you qualify for the vaccine and to check availability. Go to metromarket.net/rx/covid-eligibility or picknsave.com/rx/covid-eligibility.
Some local pharmacies
Independent pharmacies receive vaccines from government supplies, which can vary from week to week.
Some pharmacies have ways to register for a vaccine on their websites or put your name on the waiting list. Others have set up vaccination clinics.
For example, Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee offers the vaccine to eligible people in clinics for walks in various places in Milwaukee. Its website lists the dates, times and locations of the clinics. The pharmacy tells people to present their identity documents, proof of entitlement and their insurance card or Medicare Part B identification number. People should expect to wait, the site said.
The hometown pharmacy allows people to put their names on the waiting list to receive the vaccine. People can choose one of their locations online and fill out a form to enter the list.
Forward Pharmacy in the Madison area also allows people to join the waiting list online. The pharmacy also has a way to schedule online vaccine appointments when available.
Your local pharmacy may have a waiting list or make appointments for a vaccine. Check the website or social media page for information.
District and city health departments
Many local health services carry out vaccinations with doses they receive from the state.
The Milwaukee Department of Health has a vaccination site in downtown Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. You can check for eligibility and sign up for vaccinations from the city at milwaukee.gov/covidvax If you need help setting an appointment, call 414-286-6800 or email email@example.com.
Other health departments in Milwaukee County also provide vaccinations. More information can be found at HealthyMKE.com.
In Dane County, Madison Public Health and Dane County provides vaccinations at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, by appointment. More information can be found at publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine.
Elsewhere in the state, you can check your city or county’s website to determine if your local health department offers vaccines. For example, the county seat of Calumet in northeastern Wisconsin has online registration for meetings on its website, which opens every Monday morning.
Public vaccine clinics
Several local communities and the state have set up community vaccination clinics.
The only state-funded vaccination site is in Rock County, at Blackhawk Technical College. People who qualify for the vaccine and live or work in Rock County are encouraged to complete a vaccination application form on the health department’s website co.rock.wi.us.
Four more state-funded sites are expected to open in the coming months. Three will be in Racine, La Crosse and Marathon counties. The fourth will be divided between Douglas and Barron counties.
There are two municipal clinics that administer the vaccine in the cities of Fox. At Appleton, people can make an appointment on the Fox Cities Exhibition Center website by visiting foxcitiescovidvaccine.com or calling 920-399-2550. In Oshkosh, the Culver Family Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh hosts eligible meetings at uwosh.edu/titans-return/vaccination
Some tribal communities also have vaccination sites open to people who meet their eligibility criteria. Check out the tribes’ websites or social media pages for information on eligibility and how to go.
The Ho-Chunk nation runs weekly vaccination clinics, one at House of Wellness, S2845 White Eagle Road, Baraboo, and the other at District 1, N7261 Warrior Ave., Black River Falls. Applicants can pre-register at health.ho-chunk.com/cv19/vaccine or by calling 715-284-9851.
Veterans’ centers receive their vaccine directly from the federal government
The Milwaukee VA Center works through its roster of about 30,000 eligible veterans aged 65 and over by calling and offering appointments.
Veterinarians are advised not to call for an appointment, but they can visit va.gov to express interest in getting vaccinated, VA spokesman Gary Kunich said. Either way, they will be called when their name comes out.
Veterans who have received vaccinations from another source are asked to call their VA health team so they can be removed from the list.
Vaccinations are given at several sites in Virginia, Milwaukee, as well as in places in Virginia in Green Bay, Appleton, Cleveland and Union Grove.
As of Thursday, 9,300 veterinarians aged 65 and over had received at least one shot. The VA says it has also vaccinated 4,200 employees at the hospital.
Guy Bulton, Alison Deere, John Faubert, Madeleine Heim, Mary Spikutza and Sarah Wolpenhain contributed to this article.
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