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COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

10.18.22 Walk-In Wed One-Pager

Who is eligible to get a vaccine?

  • Everyone 6 months and older should get all doses in their COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in most situations.
  • Everyone 5 years and older needs an updated (bivalent) booster dose to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. The updated booster gives you increased protection against Omicron variants which cause most of the current COVID-19 cases.
    • You can get it at least 2 months after your last COVID-19 primary vaccine or original (monovalent) booster.
    • You can use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.

Click here here for more information on vaccine safety & monitoring.

Who should get booster doses?

CDC recommends: 
  • People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster.
  • People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
    • This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.
    • At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.
Click here to use CDC's Booster Tool to find out if and when you can get boosters.

Guidance for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised

If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Your immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. That means you should get all the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses recommended for you, when eligible. Click here for additional information.

Why do we need a vaccine?

Updates from the CDC show that vaccines are working in the real world. Available evidence suggests the currently approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalization and death for a variety of strains. 

Click here for more information.

What vaccines are available?

Four COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen). It’s recommended that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine only be considered in some situations.

Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination, and provide broader protection against newer variants. The updated, or bivalent boosters, target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of Omicron. Click here for more information.


Vaccination Card

Your vaccination card has information on when and where you received your vaccine as well as other helpful information related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Keep your card in a safe place and be sure to bring your card with when receiving additional COVID-19 vaccine doses (if needed). You may also want to take a picture of your card or make a photo copy if able.

  • You may also visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry for an electronic version.
  • When taking pictures or posting selfies about getting your COVID-19 vaccine, do not post photos of your vaccination card online so your health information is protected.
  • Do not laminate your vaccination card.
If you lose your card

  1. Go to www.dhswor.org.
  2. Click on the Public Immunization Record Access link.
  3. Fill out all the required fields (first name, last name, date of birth).
  4. Fill out one of the following fields: social security number, Medicaid ID, healthcare member ID.
  5. Click 'search'. Your vaccination record will appear, and you can print your record from this screen. You can use this record as proof of vaccination.


What can I expect after getting the vaccine?

You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. Click here for more information.

Common vaccine side effects

What you should still do:

  1. Wear a mask in counties with High COVID-19 Community Levels. Continue to wear a mask in public settings if it makes you feel safer.
  2. Get tested if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or are exposed to COVID-19.
  3. Stay home and follow instructions for isolation if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  4. Follow recommendations for domestic and internationaltravel.


Need a ride to you vaccine appointment?

BadgerCare Plus and Wisconsin Medicaid members who are
eligible for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services may schedule rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments once an appointment is confirmed. This includes rides scheduled the same day as the appointment.

To schedule a ride, call Veyo at 866-907-1493 (TTY 711).
Please have the following information ready:
  • Your ForwardHealth ID (found on your ForwardHealth card)
  • The address of where you will get your vaccine
For more information regarding scheduling rides, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services NEMT website.


Vaccine guidance for businesses:

Employers can play an important role in supporting COVID-19 vaccination. Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).


Additional Information:

  • See the Community Partner COVID-19 Vaccine Information on this page for additional vaccination options.
  • Use Vaccines.gov to Find a Vaccine Provider Near You!
  • Visit the DHS website with any vaccine-related questions.
  • Click here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Click here for more information on COVID-19 Cases Among Fully Vaccinated and Not Fully Vaccinated People.
 
Email questions to DHSCOVIDVaccinePublic@wi.gov.

Sign up for the WI Dept. of Health Services Weekly COVID-19 Newsletter


Community Partner COVID-19 Vaccine Information
211 Vaccine Directory

The 211 Vaccine Directory provides information about one-time or "pop-up"-style events. For a complete listing of ongoing vaccination sites, please visit vaccines.gov.

Visit COVID,gov for additional community guidance.


Ascension Medical Group (AMG)
Click here to schedule an appointment. 


Aspirus
Submit an appointment request at aspirus.org/vaccine. Call the Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center at 1-844-568-0701.

Aurora
Click here to learn more about scheduling your vaccination.

Family Health La Clinica (FHLC)

Call 1-800-942-5330 to schedule at the Wautoma location. FHLC serves Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca & Waushara counties.

Marshfield Clinic Health System
Visit the My Marshfield Clinic to schedule an appointment or call 877-998-0880 for assistance.

Prevea
Request a vaccine appointment via MyPrevea or  call 1-833-344-4373.


ThedaCare
COVID-19 vaccine scheduling will be managed through MyThedaCare/My Chart. Visit thedacare.org for more information or call the ThedaCare COVID Hotline at 920-830-6877  or 800-236-2236


The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at select locations of the following pharmacies: 
Contact Us

PUBLIC HEALTH:
715-258-6323

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES:
715-258-6300

FAX:
715-258-6333

EMAIL: publichealth@co.waupaca.wi.us

JED WOHLT, HEALTH OFFICER

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