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 email@example.com 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 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:
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Please note: Anyone age 12+ 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
Walk-ins are welcome at the Monroe County Health Department office (315 W. Oak St., Sparta) during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
All COVID-19 vaccines are provided for free. No insurance required.
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – 1 dose. Available to those age 18+. (Limited supply. Please call ahead for availability.)
Moderna – 2 doses, 4 weeks apart. Available to those age 18+.
Pfizer – 2 doses, 3 weeks apart. Available to those age 12+.
Upcoming scheduled clinics include:
-Wednesday September 8th at the Monroe County Health Department 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer available)
To book an appointment, go to vaccinate.wi.gov , or call 608-266-8666. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
COVID-19 vaccines are free. No insurance required.
If you need additional assistance, call 608-269-8666 or e-mail email@example.com
The COVID-19 vaccine is available at a variety of local Walgreens locations. Locally, vaccination appointments are available in Sparta, Mauston, La Crosse, 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 12+ can be vaccinated.
Please note that anyone under the age of 18 must receive the Pfizer 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.
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.