I have questions about the vaccine, how do I contact someone at Monroe County Health Department?
We are experiencing a high volume of calls and may not be able to get back to you quickly. If you have a question, the best way to get in contact with us is to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We seek to answer many common COVID-19 vaccination questions on this website. If you cannot find an answer here, please refer to the following resources:
I’m interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. What do I do next?
We are receiving a high volume of calls currently, so the best way to indicate your interest is to fill out our COVID-19 vaccination interest form.
If you do not have access to the form, then we ask that you e-mail us at email@example.com
If you or someone you know do not have access to internet or a computer, please call 608-269-8666 and press 3.
COVID 19 Vaccine Screening and Interest Form
Monroe County is asking that anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine completes the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form, which goes live Monday, January 25th.
This form will connect those eligible for a vaccine with a vaccine provider, who will contact them directly for an appointment. If you are contacted by your health care provider, you do not need to complete this form.
The Vaccine Interest and Screening Form should be completed only one time and it may take some time before a vaccine provider reaches out to schedule an appointment.
Those who are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine can provide their information and will be contacted once they become eligible. Depending on your eligibility, it may be several months before you’re contacted to set up a vaccination appointment.
If you are an enrolled veteran with the VA are interested in being vaccinated, call 1-800-872-8662 extension 66274. For more information, visit https://www.tomah.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp
Who Can Currently be Vaccinated?
CURRENTLY: The following populations are able to be vaccinated
Frontline healthcare workers
Individuals 65 and older (starting January 25, 2021)
Law enforcement or firefighting employees
Other 1A eligible employees who may have missed previous vaccination opportunities.
The following individuals are eligible as of March 1 and listed in priority order per Wisconsin DHS guidelines
Educators and child care providers
-All staff in regulated child care, public and private school programs, out-of-school time programs, virtual learning support, and community learning center programs.
-All staff in Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.
-All staff in preschool and Head Start through K-12 education settings.
-Faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact
Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
-Members of Family Care and Family Care Partnership
-Participants in IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)
-Children ages 16 years and older in the following programs:
-Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver Program
-Katie Beckett Program
-Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP)
-Children Come First
-Wrap Around Milwaukee
-Children with Medical Complexity Program
Utility and communication providers
-Specifically, workers who cannot socially distance and are responsible for the fundamental processes and facilities that ensure electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services are built, maintained, generated, distributed, and delivered to customers)
-Defined as drivers who have frequent close contact with members of the public, limited to: public and commercial intercity bus transportation services, municipal public transit services, those employed by specialized transit services for seniors, disabled persons, and low-income persons; does not include individuals in ride share or those providing services like Uber)
Food Supply Chain
-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.
-Chefs, servers, or hosts in restaurants.
Non-frontline essential health care personnel
-Staff members who are not involved in direct patient care but are essential for health system infrastructure; they are often affiliated with hospitals, but non-hospital employee non-frontline employees are also included.
-Includes: Public health, Emergency management, Cyber security, Health care critical supply chain functions, including the production, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccine; Support roles, such as cleaning, HVAC, and refrigeration, critical to health system function
Congregate Living Facility Staff and Residents
-Individuals who live or work in congregate settings such as the following and who do NOT have the ability to work with the pharmacy partnership program
-Employer-based housing : Housing provided by an employer for three or more unrelated individuals that share bedrooms.
-Housing serving the elderly or people with disabilities : Residents of housing that meets the definitions of an adult family home, independent living apartments, community-based residential facility, residential care complex, state center for the disabled, mental health institute, and county-based center for the disabled
-Shelters : Shelter provided to those who are homeless and/or in need of protection (for example, domestic violence shelters).
-Transitional housing : A project that is designed to provide housing and appropriate supportive services to homeless persons to facilitate movement to independent living when such facilities include shared bedrooms.
-Incarcerated individuals : Individuals in jails, prisons, and mental health institutes.
Beginning March 22, individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions that have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19 will be eligible. The decision is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and supported by Wisconsin’s medical experts.
Eligibility includes individuals with the following conditions:
Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Diabetes mellitus type 1 or 2
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more)
Sickle cell disease
Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
All individuals 16 and over: Eligible as of 4/5/21
It will take time to vaccinate eligible populations and vaccine supply will dictate the timeline. Keep in mind, eligibility does not equal availability. A federal partnership with pharmacies has also ensured that residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been vaccinated.
We will be following the priorities established by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Vaccination Program.
A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be an important tool for our community to begin to resume normal day-to-day activities and to be able to regain a strong economy.
We will continue to keep this website up to date as the information becomes available.
Who is eligible for vaccination as a 1A organization or employee?
¿Quién es elegible para la vacunación como organización 1A o empleado?
When Will I Know When Other Groups are Eligible for Vaccination?
When new groups of people are eligible, we will alert the public via news media (newspaper, radio, television), this website and Facebook.
Why Do We Need a Vaccine?
Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community. A COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting sick and potentially prevent you from spreading the virus to others.
It is important to note that a vaccine will not replace the need to continue other actions that stop the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true while we are still in the process of administering the vaccine, and this may take many months.
Monroe County Health Department wishes to acknowledge that many of our community members have undergone years of disinvestment, biased treatment, and lack of access. We empathize with those who have historically or personally experienced discriminatory treatment in our community. These experiences have reinforced cycles of trauma and created a lack of trust with government and with healthcare. The decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccination is a personal one. Our health department aims to educate the public about the safety and benefits of vaccination while also acknowledging these truths. We aim to build trust and the most equitable health outcomes.
What Do I Need to Know Before Vaccination?
If you have received another immunization besides the COVID-19 vaccine, you should wait 2 weeks prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have received antibody therapy or convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment in the past 90 days, you should wait until that 90 days has passed before receiving the vaccine.
Prior to your vaccination, please review the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) fact sheet for the vaccine you will be receiving.
How Many Vaccines Have Been Given in Monroe County?
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now tracks this data here:https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm. You can see how many vaccines have been given in Wisconsin, the Western Region, and Monroe County.
I am a Healthcare Worker or Retired Healthcare Worker, how can I Volunteer to Help with COVID Vaccination?
We are accepting volunteers through the WEAVR database: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/preparedness/weavr/index.htm. When we are ready to take volunteers, we will be contacting you from this database.
Will the Vaccine be Safe and Effective?
Vaccine approval is driven by science. The FDA, CDC, and independent advisors all review vaccine safety and effectiveness data before any vaccine is approved or allowed for distribution. COVID-19 vaccines go through all of the usual steps and phases that all vaccines go through to get full approval.
The FDA and CDC will continue to closely monitor the vaccine as it is rolled out.
You can visit the CDC’s website for more information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html.
Why Can’t Everyone be Vaccinated Right Now?
Since the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, the vaccine will be made available in a phased approach. The phases are referred to as Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 1C, Phase 2, and Phase 3. Because of this phased approach, Monroe County Health Department does not currently have vaccine and is not keeping a waiting list. Please be aware that when we are able to make vaccination available to the public, we will communicate this through press releases to newspapers, radio, our website, and Facebook page.
As part of this phased approach, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC recommend that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents, and then rolled out into 2021 as quantities increase. A breakdown of phases is as follows, and is subject to change:
-Phase 1A: COVID-19 vaccine only available to specific populations- health care workers and long-term care staff and residents. This phase is starting in December 2020.
Phase 1B: COVID-19 vaccine only available to specific populations- “essential workers.” Who is considered an “essential worker” is yet to be determined, but may include public health and safety, transportation, communications, financial, food and agriculture, information technology, and other critical infrastructure services.
Phase 1C: COVID-19 vaccine only available to specific populations- individuals with underlying health conditions and residents 65 and older. It also includes individuals who are considered at higher risk for severe illness based on age or health history.
Phase 2: COVID-19 vaccines will still be prioritized for phase 1 populations who have not yet received vaccine. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccine will be increasingly available to community.
Phase 3: COVID-19 vaccines will still be prioritized for phase 1 populations who have not yet received vaccine. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccine will be increasingly available to community
At this time, it is expected that the COVID-19 vaccine will not become widely available to community members until summer 2021 or later.
What can I Do in the Meantime, Until the COVID-19 Vaccines Becomes Available?
Continue to follow local public health guidance, and follow the recommendations on our COVID-19 website at http://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19
I Just Received My 1st Dose, What Are My Next Steps?
Click here for information on next steps after vaccination
Enroll in V-Safe. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
After I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, do I Still Need to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?
Yes, you will still need to practice normal pandemic safety measures after you have received both doses of the vaccine. Until enough people have been vaccinated for COVID-19, it remains very important to continue to use all of the tools we have available, including masks and social distancing by those who have been vaccinated.
After I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to quarantine after an exposure?
No, you will not have to quarantine after an exposure if all of the following criteria are met:
-You have received both doses of a 2 part vaccine
-At least 14 days have passed since your 2nd vaccine
-Are within 90 days of receiving your last dose in the series
-You have no symptoms of COVID-19 after monitoring for all 14 days since exposure
To find locations for flu vaccines visit: vaccinefinder.org.