Vaccine Newsletter | February 18, 2021
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This week's newsletter includes information about:
  • Our progress vaccinating the 65+ population
  • Ways you can be connected to vaccination opportunities
  • Answers to common questions

All registered vaccinators in Waukesha County continue to focus on vaccinating our 65 and older population.

This will continue for the next few weeks. However, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has indicated that more groups will become eligible on March 1. We will provide you with more information about what this will mean in Waukesha County in next week's newsletter. In the meantime, we continue to make good progress vaccinating our older population.

Please read on for more information about our efforts and how to be connected to vaccines.

Paul Farrow
Waukesha County Executive
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Vaccines Administered to Waukesha County Residents
Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Frontline health care workers
  • Nursing home and assisted living residents and staff
  • Police, fire department, and correctional staff
  • Adults aged 65+
Upcoming Eligible Groups:
  • Education and child care
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Facility staff and residents in congregate living settings
More than 1/3 of Residents 65 and Older in Waukesha County Have Had at Least One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
Waukesha County has reached a milestone in vaccinating its 65 and older population: more than a third of those residents have gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
 
As of this afternoon, 30,415 doses of vaccine had been administered to adults 65 and older, out of 77,845 individuals in this group. Since older adults became eligible to be vaccinated on January 25, more than 13,000 vaccines have been administered in the county each week, with the vast majority of vaccines going to that group.
More than 1/3 of Residents 65 and Older Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine
The greatest limitation to vaccinating this population continues to be access to vaccine. Waukesha County and our partners have the capabilities to vaccinate people at a much faster pace, but only receive a fraction of what is requested by the State each week. Last week, Waukesha County requested 7,000 doses of vaccine, but only received 900 doses for this week’s clinic.
30,415
Vaccines Administered to residents aged 65 and older
39.2%
Of Residents 65 and older have received at least on dose of vaccine
Eligible residents in Waukesha County have several options available to them to become vaccinated. More information is available below.
Options to Schedule Vaccination Appointments
Your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider already has your healthcare information. You do not need to join any additional list in order to get access to the vaccine. 
Pharmacies with COVID-19 vaccination programs. Some pharmacies have online registration systems for individuals seeking vaccine outside of healthcare providers. However, low vaccine supply means appointments remain extremely limited: 
  • Meijer has three ways for eligible individuals to register for the COVID-19 vaccine: 
  1. Text COVID to the number 75049. You will receive a link to register. 
  2. Online at https://clinic.meijer.com
  3. No internet or smartphone? Call your local Meijer Pharmacy and speak with the pharmacy staff, who can assist with registration. 

Additional opportunities will be announced when more vaccine is available. 
The Waukesha County Expo Center Community Vaccination Clinic. Eligible residents can be vaccinated at this location by appointment-only.  

A link to the Registration and Standby List WILL NOT go out today. We appreciate the high level of response we have received from residents. However, we now have a sufficient waitlist to fill all available appointments through at least March 1. 

Individuals who signed up for the Registration and Standby List Last Week:  
  • Invitations to schedule 1,800 appointments for next week have already gone out to individuals who signed up for the Registration and Standby list on February 11. 
  • Tomorrow, invitations will go out to schedule approximately 1,100 more appointments for a clinic the week of March 1. 
  • If appointments remain unfilled, are canceled, or extra doses of vaccine are available, the next individuals in line on the list will be offered an opportunity to schedule an appointment. 
  • Individuals who receive an appointment invitation but do not register in time will remain at the top of the Registration and Standby list. 
  • Waukesha County appointment invitations will be issued to the existing list until it is depleted or until the County moves to a new registration system 

Coming soon: A new registration system 
  • Waukesha County anticipates moving our vaccination registration process to a new system in the next few weeks. 
  • When this change occurs, the current Registration and Standby list will be cleared and residents will be invited to sign up for that registration system. Clearing the list will help Waukesha County reach the population that is still in need of the vaccine by removing individuals who may have already received vaccine from a healthcare provider or pharmacy.  
  • The updated system will improve residents' ability to register for vaccinations. 
You Ask, We Answer!
We're answering your questions! Take a look below at some of this week's most common questions.

If you have a question that hasn't been answered below, send us an email!
Q: I am over 65, how do I get a vaccine with the Waukesha County Community Clinic?
A: We appreciate the high level of response we have received from residents. However, we now have a sufficient waitlist to fill all available appointments through at least March 1. Waukesha County anticipates moving our vaccination process to a new system in the next few weeks. 
When this change occurs, the current Registration and Standby list will be cleared and residents will be invited to sign up for that registration list at that time.


Q: Why are you asking for my mother's maiden name and my social security number in your consent form?
A: This information is requested by the State's Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). This is a standard process that the State has followed for all immunizations. Providing your mother's maiden name is mandatory. While providing your social security number is not mandatory, it will make it easier for you to use the WIR system in the future for proof of vaccination.

Q: I am a teacher, will Waukesha County be able to give me my vaccine on March 1?
A: The State of Wisconsin hopes to roll out Phase 1B eligibility on March 1, 2021. However, eligibility does not mean that there will be a vaccine available for you immediately. Waukesha County will continue to focus on vaccinating residents 65+ until a majority of this group has received their vaccine.

Educators will be the next priority group for Waukesha County Community Vaccination Site once a majority of those 65+ have completed vaccination.
Improving Our Community Clinic,
One Review at a Time
Thank you for helping us serve you better!
If you get vaccinated at our community clinic, we want to hear about your experience! At this time, we are asking for feedback in the areas of communication, attitude, and clinic set up. Our average score is currently 4.9 out of 5 stars, but we know we can serve you better.

If you get vaccinated at our clinic, please keep an eye out for our survey and let use know what you think! An example of a recent review is below:
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Waukesha County plans to expand the capacity of the Expo Center Community Vaccination Clinic as more doses become available. We are working to have the ability to administer at 1,500 doses of vaccine per day when our weekly allotment from the state grows.

In the meantime, we are working hard to ensure that the clinic is safe and efficient for everyone being vaccinated at our location.