RACINE COUNTY– Racine County is among 4 extra locations that will have community-based COVID-19 vaccination centers. The places, which also include La Crosse and Marathon counties and a center split between Douglas and Barron counties, were revealed Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
The brand-new centers, to be run by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, the University of Wisconsin system, regional public health departments and other local partners, are anticipated to open within the next 2 months. The clinics will make it possible for all people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, no matter where they live, to be able to set up a vaccination consultation.
The DHS opened the state's first community-based COVID vaccination center in Rock County last week.
Local Officials Pleased
The Racine County Emergency Operations Center is collaborating local deal with the new center. Although more information about the Racine County center are still being established, regional officials praised the news.
“While vaccine supply and eligibility has been limited so far, we are making development. This center will significantly support our efforts and will be significantly beneficial for homeowners and businesses, numerous of whom have actually seen their lives upended by COVID-19,” Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said in a declaration. “When you are eligible, I highly encourage you to get the vaccine.”
Racine Mayor Cory Mason added this comment: “As the supply of vaccine progressively increases and the state broadens the categories of who is qualified to be vaccinated, it's incumbent on us to have plans in location to make certain we can equitably provide access to the vaccine for our community. This clinic is an excellent step forward in ensuring that all Racine County homeowners will have access to this life-saving vaccine. We thank the state Department of Health Services for partnering with us in your area, and we motivate everyone to get immunized as soon as they are qualified.”
Vaccine Availability Getting Better
After a number of weeks of tight materials, state and regional health authorities report that the COVID-19 vaccine is reaching more qualified residents this week. Population groups currently qualified to be vaccination in Wisconsin include front-line health care personnel; homeowners in competent nursing and long-lasting care facilities; police, fire workers, and correctional staff, and adults age 65 and older. Teachers and childcare employees will be contributed to the qualified groups starting next Monday (March 1).
Since Monday, Racine County officials reported that 23,491 citizens (about 12 percent of the approximated population) have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 8,872 homeowners have finished the vaccine series.
The Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD), which serves most the county's neighborhoods, reported Monday that it got 100 percent of its vaccine allowance today. The firm specified that it will be accepting vaccination appointments– for eligible groups only– for this Thursday through Saturday. Visits MUST be made online only. See: https://crchd.as.me/schedule.php
The City of Racine Public Health Department (serving the City of Racine and villages of Wind Point and Elmwood Park) reported that it was accepting online vaccination visits– for eligible groups just– for Friday and Saturday. See: https://racinepublichealth.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=20186506
Meanwhile, a statewide COVID-19 vaccine pc registry program that was to have included the CRCHD as a test site, has been suspended since of technical problems, the DHS reported.
More Vaccination, Testing Options
The DHS reported that the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program this week will double it delivery to 35,350 doses vaccine dosages. Those vaccines will be offered at 178 Walgreens locations in Wisconsin, including eight Racine County shops. Qualified homeowners may make vaccination visits online at: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
Other local drug stores that are providing COVID-19 vaccines by appointment are:
Both of the county's public health departments advise residents (especially age 65+), who have a doctor, that their healthcare suppliers will be reaching out to arrange vaccination visits. Area healthcare providers are: Ascension, Advocate Aurora Health, Froedtert and ProHealth Care.
Citizens can get complimentary COVID-19 tests at these drive-through screening websites run by the Wisconsin National Guard:
Wednesdays (through March 10) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Vehicles need to get in from the Main Street gate.
Thursdays (through March 4) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. Vehicles must go into the website through 11th and Main streets.
Pre-registration for testing is highly motivated. Go to https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov.