If you would like assistance in being connected with a vaccinator please see the options under “where can I get vaccinated?” If you need further assistance, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666.
I have questions about the vaccine, how do I contact someone at Monroe County Health Department?
If you have a question, please call the Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666 or email us at email@example.com
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:
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Please note: Anyone age 5+ is currently eligible for vaccination. Those who are under the age of 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.
For more information, about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.
Monroe County Health Department
Appointments available at the Monroe County Health Department office (315 W. Oak St., Sparta) on Fridays 8:00am-4:30pm. To register, please visit https://vaccinate.wi.gov or call 608-269-8666.
**Please note: The Monroe County Health Department will be closed on Thursday 11/25/2021 and Friday 11/26/2021**
All COVID-19 vaccines are provided for free. No insurance required.
Monday 11/29/2021 3:00-6:00pm at the Tomah Fairgrounds-Recreation Building (1625 Butts Ave., Tomah)
Tuesday 11/30/2021 9:00am-12:00pm at the Barney Center (1000 E. Montgomery St., Sparta)
Saturday 12/11/2021 9:00am-1:00pm at Organic Valley (509 Organic Dr., Cashton)
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – 1 dose. Available to those age 18+.
Moderna – 2 doses, 4 weeks apart. Available to those age 18+.
Pfizer – 2 doses, 3 weeks apart. Available to those age 12+.
Pfizer 5-11Y – 2 doses, 3 weeks apart. Available to those ages 5-11 years. (Available beginning Wednesday 11/17/21)
If you need additional assistance, call 608-269-8666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The COVID-19 vaccine is available at a variety of local Walgreens locations. Locally, vaccination appointments are available in Sparta, Mauston, La Crosse, Onalaska and Viroqua
Visit their website to learn more or schedule an appointment: Walgreens’ website or call 1-800-Walgreens with questions.
Vaccine is available at a variety of local Wal-Mart locations. Locally, vaccination appointments are available in Sparta, Tomah, Onalaska, La Crosse, Black River Falls, and Viroqua
Visit their website to learn more or schedule an appointment: Wal-Mart website.
The Medicine Shoppe
300 Superior Ave, Tomah, WI 54660
By appointment only- call 608-372-2101 or stop-in to schedule
Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center
Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers has regular vaccine appointments. Please visit their website for their most current vaccine scheduling opportunities and information.
Gundersen Health System
For information on getting vaccinated through Gundersen Health System, visit their COVID-19 Vaccine website https://www.gundersenhealth.org/covid19/covid-19-vaccine/
Mayo Clinic Health System
For information on getting vaccinated through Mayo Clinic Health Systems, visit their COVID-19 Vaccine website.
La Crosse —
Mayo Clinic patients can directly schedule their vaccination appointment using Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App. Check availability in the “New Appointment” section of Patient Online Services. Select the “COVID-19 Vaccination” box to determine if times are available.
If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System patient currently or do not have access to Patient Online Services, call 608-392-7400 to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Sparta and Tomah –
Vaccinations are available from primary care providers at all locations. Use your Patient Online Services account to schedule your vaccine appointment, or call your primary care provider.
For more information call the Sparta clinic at 608-269-1770, or the Tomah clinic at 608-372-5951.
Some vaccination partners may host clinics through employers or for specific populations. This information would be provided directly by the vaccinator.
You may also find vaccine clinics and locations at vaccines.gov.
Who Can Currently be Vaccinated?
All individuals age 5+ can be vaccinated.
Please note that anyone under the age of 18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Who Should Get a Booster or Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine?
You may have heard of booster and additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine and are wondering “what’s the difference?” Booster doses and additional doses serve different purposes for different groups of people.
The purpose of an additional dose is to protect people who may not have built strong immunity after their initial vaccination series. An additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) may be recommended for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. This dose would be administered no sooner than 28 days after an individual receives their 2nd dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Currently, Pfizer and Moderna are the only vaccines authorized for an additional dose.
Immunocompromised people have a reduced ability to fight disease, a lower immune response to the original vaccine series compared to other fully vaccinated people, and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. This includes people who have:
-Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
-Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
-Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
-Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
-Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
-Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
A “booster dose” is a supplemental vaccine dose given to people when the protection from their initial vaccination series is likely to have decreased over time. The purpose of booster doses is to increase protection after it may have decreased over time in those at higher risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19. Booster doses may be given:
-To those age 18+
– 6 months after completing the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
-2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Who Should Receive a Booster Dose?
DHS recommends that the following populations should receive a booster dose of Pfizer at least six months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer in order to further strengthen their immunity
-Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago
-Anyone who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago and meet any of the following criteria:
-People 65 years and older
-All residents in long-term care
-People ages 50 to 64 years with certain underlying medical conditions
-Chronic kidney disease
-Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
-Dementia or other neurological conditions
-Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
-Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
-Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
-Overweight and obesity
-Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
-Smoking, current or former
-Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
-Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
-Substance use disorders
Who Else is Eligible for a Booster Dose?
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that the following populations may receive a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months after receiving their second dose or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:
-People ages 18 to 49 years with certain underlying medical conditions (listed above)
-People ages 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or institutional settings. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers:
-First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, staff at congregate care facilities)
-Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
-Food and agriculture workers
-U.S. Postal Service workers
-Public transit workers
-Grocery store workers
My Job Isn’t on the list, but I Feel at High Risk of COVID-19. Can I get a Booster?
People ages 18 to 64 who received the two-dose series of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and personally determine that a booster shot will further protect their health and the health of those around them due to exposure at their job may get a booster shot, even if their job is not listed above. Everyone over age 18 who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago should get a Johnson & Johnson booster dose.
Monroe County Health Department is currently offering booster and additional doses on Wednesdays and Fridays. Make an appointment here or call 608-269-8666. We offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson
For more information about Booster and Additional Doses visit:
Can You Mix and Match the COVID-19 Vaccines?
Yes, CDC’s recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster doses. If you received the first dose of any of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), you need to receive the same vaccine for your 2nd dose.
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose – Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or Pfizer. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster.
The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna). If you are 18 years or older and the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, you can get the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product that is available.
For example, if you received your first two doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine but you cannot find a vaccine location that has Pfizer vaccine, you can get an additional dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if you are 18 years or older. If you are immunocompromised and are younger than 18 years old, your additional dose has to be a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Am I Still Considered Fully Vaccinated if I Don’t Receive a Booster Dose?
Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
What are the Current Masking Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals?
Based on the CDC’s new recommendations published July 27th, 2021, if you are fully vaccinated you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. However, if you live in an area where there is substantial or high transmission, wearing a mask indoors in public is recommended. This is because there have been cases of break through infections with the Delta variant in vaccinated individuals that can be transmitted to others. See the CDC’s website for further details.
Monroe County Health Department updates the transmission status weekly on Wednesdays. See our metrics here.
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.
Which Vaccine Should I Get?
Getting vaccinated is a personal decision and individuals make decisions based on a variety of factors. All vaccines available are effective, safe, and reduce your risk of severe illness. To see a comparison of the vaccines available, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guide on the Different COVID-19 Vaccines.
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.
Are COVID-19 Vaccines 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 vaccines as they are 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.
What can I Do in the Meantime, Until I Can Get My COVID-19 Vaccine?
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 or 2nd 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?
For more information, visit the CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
After I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to quarantine after an exposure?
If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning it has been at least two weeks since you received your last dose in the vaccine series, and were in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not have to quarantine. However, you should:
-Get tested 3-5 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.
-Wear a mask in indoor spaces for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
-Monitor for symptoms for 14 days after your last close contact.
-Isolate at home if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.