RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58)– Four more community-based vaccine centers will head to Wisconsin over the coming weeks, according to an announcement from Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The announcement from the state comes a week prior to more groups, that include instructors and childcare workers, become qualified to get immunized in Wisconsin.
“As our eligibility groups are opening up on March 1, these websites will be crucial to assist him get the vaccine to every qualified Wisconsinite who wants it,” Evers said throughout a media rundown Tuesday.
The vaccination centers will be found in La Crosse County, Racine County, Marathon County, with the last center split in between Douglas and Barron County. Locations will open within the next two months.
All individuals presently eligible for the vaccine, no matter where they live, will be able to set up a visit, according to DHS.
“These centers will construct on the success of the Rock County website that was released last week,” stated DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk.
Willems Van Dijk stated the state weighed several consider choosing the places of the websites, including who is willing to host them, population demographics, relationships with healthcare companies and health departments and geographical diversity throughout the state.
A spokesperson for Racine County informed CBS 58 the place of the clinic is still being settled.
“While vaccine supply and eligibility has actually been limited thus far, we are making progress. This center will greatly support our efforts and will be greatly helpful for homeowners and organizations, many of whom have seen their lives overthrown by COVID-19,” County Executive Jonathan Delagrave stated in a declaration.
Margaret Gesner, health officer for the Central Racine County Health Department, stated in a statement she's “delighted” to have more access to vaccines for Racine County citizens and surrounding communities.
“Racine County has a history of teaming up on many fronts, and this site is another example of all partners pulling together to support additional vaccines for Racine County and Wisconsin. We motivate everyone qualified to get immunized to secure our families and our neighborhoods,” she stated.
Another option to get immunized is through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Willems Van Dijk stated today 178 Walgreens places in Wisconsin will get an overall of 35,350 vaccine dosages which is double the quantity from last week. Individuals who are presently eligible for vaccine can call 1-800-Walgreens or go to the Walgreens online registration website to schedule a visit.
DHS also encourages individuals to call their healthcare provider or visit their local public health department's website. Starting March 1, they can sign up through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry to find a vaccinator.