From the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation (WEDC)
to share with FaB members:
 
In coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), WEDC would like to take this opportunity to share information about Wisconsin's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We encourage you to share this information with others. 
 
To be more transparent about the progress of the COVID-19 vaccine initiative, listed below are several important resources from DHS for you to use to learn more about the vaccine and share information with your networks. Please use these freely and adopt for your needs when talking about the vaccine with others and to help correct any misinformation. DHS will be updating this information on a weekly basis to help share more knowledge about the progress being made with the vaccine. We are all in this together and the State of Wisconsin appreciates your support during one of the largest vaccination efforts in state history.
 
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of you through these challenging times, and the vaccine is another major step in getting us closer to back to normal. Thank you for your support and we look forward to our continued partnership to help stop this virus.

 
COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES
Stay up-to-date on the progress of Wisconsin's vaccine initiative through any of the following:

1. DHS COVID-19 vaccine information, including eligibility in 1b on March 1.

2. Vaccine providers are still prioritizing previously eligible groups, such as individuals ages 65 and older, before vaccinating groups eligible on March 1. Based on the amount of vaccine doses available, it will take months for all newly eligible groups to get vaccinated. Prioritized beginning March 1 are education staff, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, and some public facing essential workers including:
  • 911 operators
  • Utility and communications infrastructure
  • Public transit
  • Food supply chain including:
    • Agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees.
    • Critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians.
    • Food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.
    • Retail food workers, such as employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that also sell groceries.
    • Hunger relief personnel, including people involved in charitable food distribution, community food and housing providers, social services employees who are involved in food distribution, and emergency relief workers.
    • People that produce food packaging are not eligible at this time.
    • Restaurant employees are not eligible at this time.
[Please note that FaB is seeking clarification on the prioritization of food production workers: and if food and beverage manufacturers are included, and if so, their prioritization. As we learn more, we will share with you.]

3. Where to get the vaccine for those who are eligible: Check the website of your health care provider, pharmacy, and local or tribal health department for resources to learn more about if vaccine and appointments are available in your community. As part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the vaccine is available at select Walgreens locations. Visit the Walgreens online registration website or call 1-800-Walgreens.

 

4. Sign up for the COVID-19 weekly newsletter 

5. Email questions to dhscovidvaccinepublic@dhs.wisconsin.gov 

6. Follow DHS on social media for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout.