COVID-19 Vaccine

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Everyone 5 and older who lives, works, or attends school in Wisconsin is eligible for vaccination in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation expressing a clinical preference for individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, when possible and appropriate. 

Pediatric Vaccination: The two dose Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been approved for children 5 years and older. On May 19, 2022 CDC recommended a single COVID-19 booster dose for children 5-11 years of age at least 5 months after their second dose of Pfizer vaccine, and for those with certain immunocompromising conditions at least 3 months after their second dose of Pfizer vaccine. 

Additional Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals: Individuals with specific medical conditions or receiving medical treatments that cause them to be moderately to severely immunocompromised are recommended to get an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 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. A visual explainer can be found by clicking here.

Booster Doses: Booster doses have been approved for everyone 5 years of age and older. Boosters for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine are authorized for individuals 18 and older at least 2 months after the single dose shot. Boosters for Moderna mRNA vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 and older at least 5 months after the second dose. Boosters for Pfizer mRNA vaccines are authorized for individuals 5 and older at least 5 months after the second dose. For those with certain immunocompromising conditions, mRNA boosters are recommended at least 3 months after their second dose.

Second Booster Doses: Second booster doses have been approved for certain eligible groups. Children 12-17 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for a second Pfizer booster 4 months after the first booster. Individuals 18 or older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised or 50 years of age or older are eligible for a second Pfizer or Moderna booster 4 months after the first booster. Individuals 18 or older who received a primary AND booster of J&J are elgible for a second booster dose using Pfizer or Moderna only 4 months after the first booster. A visual explainer can be found by clicking here. Information for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can be found by clicking here

J&J Booster considerations:
Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and have not experienced any symptoms of TTS (listed here) within 2 weeks are not at risk but do have protection against severe illness from COVID-19. It is recommended that all recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster at least 2 months after their initial vaccine – mRNA vaccines are preferred for the booster dose.

Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination. More information here

AMI will be hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Health Department
Location: Washburn County Health Department, 304 2nd St. Shell Lake (2nd Floor)
Thursdays on the following dates:

6/16/22 from 12-4PM
6/23/22 from 12-4PM
6/30/22 from 12-4PM
7/7/22 from 12-4PM

Registration is not required but will speed up your visit. Register in advance at:

Find other vaccine providers at

WI DHS vaccine information: 
WI DHS vaccine data:
CDC vaccine information:

Wisconsin Immunization Registry Vaccination Records
Click here to look up your vaccination records in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. All COVID-19 vaccination completed in Wisconsin is entered into WIR. It may take up to 24 hours after your appointment for your record to be updated with your COVID-19 vaccination. 
**If you are not able to look up your records using the link above, you may submit this form to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to unlock your records. 
Vaccination for Homebound Persons
Call the Washburn County Health Department at 715-635-4400 to discuss arranging in-home vaccination for homebound persons. 
Are You a School, Employer, or Event Organizer? Host an On-Site Vaccination Clinic!
Schools, faith-based, community-based organizations, or community events who want to hold an on-site clinic for a group of individuals ready to be vaccinated, can communicate their interest to DHS by filling out the vaccination clinic matching survey and learn more on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine partner resources webpage. Employers can also hold an on-site clinic for their employees and their families, visit DHS's COVID-19: Businesses, Employers, and Workers webpage to sign up

Vaccine Appointment Assistance
DHS Vaccine Assistance Hotline: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that in addition to the numerous resources available on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine page, Wisconsinites can now call (844) 684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions. The new call center will be equipped to help individuals find vaccine locations, answer medical questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and assist with registration. This call center is available to anyone in Wisconsin, but will be particularly useful for those without internet access, or who experience barriers that inhibit internet use.

Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) COVID-19 vaccine appointment assistance: Do you need help signing up for the Covid-19 Vaccine? The NWWIB in cooperation with NWAHEC have someone dedicated to helping people find vaccination sites in their area. Give Matthew a call at 715-201-2394 or chat with him at For more information, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (updated 05/14/2021)

 Do I need the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19 and recovered? 

  • Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, CDC advises individuals should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
  • If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called “natural immunity,” varies from person to person.We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.
  • Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are working to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Is the vaccine safe and effective? 

  • Vaccine approval is driven by science. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers of Disease Control (CDC,) and independent advisors review all vaccine safety and effectiveness data before any vaccine is approved or allowed for distribution. COVID-19 vaccines are going through all the same steps in the trial phases that all vaccines go through to get the full FDA vaccine license and approval.
  • During emergencies, like the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA can issue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to let people get a vaccine before all the trials are complete. The FDA will only give a COVID-19 vaccine an EUA if the current phase III trial data shows the vaccine is safe and has more benefits than risks.
  • Like with all vaccines, after a COVID-19 vaccine is made available to the public, the FDA and CDC will continue to closely monitor the vaccine to help ensure any issues are immediately addressed.
  • Visit CDC’s website for more information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

How do we know that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

  • In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make sure all vaccines are safe and effective before approving them and continue to monitor their safety after approval.
  • COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Thousands of people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicity, as well as those with different medical conditions.

What kind of safety monitoring is being done to monitor for any adverse reactions? 

  • There are a number of systems in place to monitor reaction to the vaccine.
    • VAERS is the national system that collects reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public of adverse events that happen after vaccination; reports of adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns are followed up with specific studies. Providers are required to report any adverse events to this system.
    • V-safe, a smartphone-based after vaccination health checker program through the CDC uses text messages and web surveys to check in with vaccines for the first 14 days post vaccination. Text messages are also sent as reminders to receive the second dose.
    • Vaccine Safety Data Link is a network of 9 integrated health care organizations across the United States conducts active surveillance and research; the system is also used to help determine whether possible side effects identified using VAERS are actually related to vaccination.
  • It is also important to note that the guidance regarding vaccination includes monitoring of individuals for a short time (around 15 minutes for more individuals) after vaccination to be able to manage any immediate reactions.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if pregnant or breastfeeding? 

  • People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision.
  • While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines. No data are available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.

What to expect after vaccination: 

  • Common side effects after a vaccine 
    • On the arm where you got the shot:
      • pain or tenderness
      • swelling
      • redness
    • Throughout the rest of your body:
      • fatigue
      • headache
      • chills
      • fever
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 not expected after vaccination
    • Stay home and get a COVID-19 test before returning to work if you experience any other symptoms of COVID-19, inlcluding: 
      • cough
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • new loss of taste or smell
      • congestion or runny nose
      • sore throat 
  • Individuals with mild to moderate side effects may continue with all normal activities, including going to work, as these side effects are not contagious. 
  • With most COVID-19 vaccines (including the ones in use at Washburn County Health Department Clinics) you will need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection. COVID-19 vaccines that require two doses many not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.
  • It’s important for everyone to continue using available tools to help stop the spread as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
  • If side effects are severe or don’t go away after a couple days, call your doctor.
  • More information can be found by clicking here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scams: Several Wisconsin counties have reported individuals receiving COVID-19 vaccine scam calls, including calls claiming you have to pay up front for a vaccine. For tips on avoiding scams, visit the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) website. To report scams or fraud, contact the DATCP's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128 or by email at
Please note: Tribal and local public health departments, or health care plans may use any of the following communications to let you know about vaccine distribution: call, email, patient communication tools such as a MyChart service, and social media. But none of these communications should require personal information like Social Security or Medicare numbers, or payment to reserve your vaccine. If you are unsure, hang up and call the source directly to verify the communication.