COVID-19 Vaccine

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. The Washburn County Health Department is working with local, state, and federal partners to prepare for vaccination of members of the public as additional vaccine becomes available and additional groups become eligible. 

WI DHS vaccine information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm 
WI DHS vaccine data: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm#residents
CDC vaccine information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
 
Questions about vaccine rollout in Wisconsin can be emailed to DHS directly at DHSCOVIDVaccinePublic@wi.gov
 
Sign up for the DHS weekly newsletter with updates on COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout in Wisconsin.
 
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.

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. 
 
Click here to see guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in non-healthcare settings.
 
 
Washburn County Health Department Vaccine Clinics
The Washburn County Health Department will be holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics for eligible groups. We are not guaranteed to receive the amount of vaccine we request from the State. We will not know how much vaccine we will receive for the week until the Monday of that week. Appointment scheduling will not be open until Mondays at 8:30 AM for any clinics being held that week.


Scheduling will open at 8:30 AM on Mondays if we get enough doses of vaccine to hold a clinic. You will be able to schedule online by clicking here. Individuals unable to schedule online will be able to call the Health Department at 715-635-4402 for assistance. Online scheduling will be the fastest way to guarantee an appointment time.  

During weeks where the Monday is a County holiday, our office will be closed. Registration will open on the Tuesday of that week at 8:30 AM. 

We do not have a wait list and you will not be able to schedule an appointment before registration opens.

We will have a limited amount of vaccine available each week. Appointments are required for vaccination at Washburn County Health Department clinics. Appointment scheduling is on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

You must live, work, or attend school in Wisconsin to be vaccinated at a WCHD vaccination clinic. 

Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination
  • frontline health care workers (includes all spiritual care providers (clergy))
  • residents and staff in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
  • police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • adults 65 and older
  • employees in regulated child care
  • individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
    • Family Care, Family Care Partnership, IRIS
  • utility and communications infrastructure personnel who cannot socially distance
    • includes: electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services
  • public transit
  • food supply chain
    • agricultural production workers - farm owners and employees
    • livestock breeding providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, livestock veterinarians
    • food production workers
    • retail food workers - employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that 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
  • congregate living facility staff and residents - employer-based housing, housing serving the elderly or people with disabilities, shelters, transitional housing, public defenders
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions 
    • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
    • Cancer
    • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1 or 2
    • Down syndrome
    • 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
    • Liver disease
    • Neurologic conditions, such as intellectual disabilities and dementia
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
    • Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy
    • 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)
  • Everyone 16 and older **Eligibile starting Monday April 5, 2021
See the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 vaccine eligibility page for more details about eligible groups.
**Staff in K-12 schools and higher education should contact their employer about vaccination plans rather than making an appointment at a community clinic.
 
 

Vaccination Updates from Area Providers
 
Marshfield Clinic Health System
With the WI DHS announcement that individuals 65 years and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) will be scheduling vaccine for this population in addition to those identified in Phase 1a.

How to request a COVID-19 vaccine:
Visit the Marshfield Clinic Health System website at https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/CovidVaccine to complete a survey for the COVID-19 vaccine or call 877-998-0880. If you qualify, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. MCHS requests patience as they anticipate a high number of people  reaching out to us to schedule a vaccination.

Essentia Health Clinics
The most recent update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides Essentia Health the flexibility to begin vaccinating anyone ages 65 and older. Because vaccine allocations from the state are subject to availability and Essentia Health cannot vaccinate everyone in the 65-plus age group right away, they will use a randomized process for selection among Essentia Health patients.

Essentia patients are encouraged to sign up for MyChart, which will be the primary method of notification. Once you are notified via MyChart that it’s your turn to be vaccinated, you’ll be able to easily schedule your appointment within MyChart. Those without MyChart will receive an automated phone call and will need to call your local clinic to make an appointment.  All vaccines will be given by appointment only.

Essentia Health follows all Wisconsin Department of Health guidelines in distributing the COVID 19 vaccine.  Because states vary in their plans and allocation of vaccines, each location may receive different amounts. Additional information regarding COVID 19 vaccine can be found by visiting the Essentia Health website.

Mayo Clinic Health System
If you’re a patient at a Mayo Clinic site that has plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be contacted when you’re eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment, either in an email from your Patient Online Services account or by mail. Get vaccination details for your location here: https://mayocl.in/3qyF2sO

Mayo Clinic continues to follow federal and state guidelines in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Because each state is approaching vaccine allocation differently, Mayo Clinic sites vary in where they are in their rollout plans.
 
Northlakes Community Clinic
 
Economart Pharmacy - Spooner
A limited number of vaccines will be available per week by appointment only by calling 715-635-8785 to schedule an appointment. 

Spooner Health
Appointment scheduling for public vaccine clinics will open on Mondays at 9:00 am if doses are received to hold a clinic. You will be able to schedule online by visiting www.SpoonerHealth.com/Vaccine. They do not have a waitlist and you will not be able to schedule an appointment before registration opens. Phone calls for registration will not be accepted – please do not call Spooner Health to register for the vaccine clinics. Check the Spooner Health Facebook page or website for updates. 
 
Indianhead Medical Center/Shell Lake Clinic
Current eligible patients will be contacted to schedule an appointment when vaccine is available. 
 
Walgreens
Walgreens in select areas will be receiving COVID-19 vaccine. Information about vaccination through Walgreens can be found online or by calling 1-800-925-4733. See a list of Walgreens locations in our region. 
 
Walmart Pharmacy
Select Walmart Pharmacy locations are providing COVID-19 vaccination. Hayward and Rice Lake Walmart Pharmacies are on the list of participating locations. See the full map of locations and registration instructions
 
Community-Based Vaccination Clinics: Superior and Rice Lake
Anyone ages 16 and older can schedule an appointment by using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. For vaccine-related questions and appointment registration support, individuals can call toll-free at 1-844-684-1064. For more information on available COVID-19 vaccination options, visit the Where can I get vaccinated? webpage.
 
Frequently Asked Questions (updated 01/19/2021)

Why are all members of the public not currently able to get vaccinated for COVID-19? 

  • Vaccinators are required to follow State guidelines on vaccination. Vaccinators who violate the guidelines may lose their vaccinator status and be unable to continue providing vaccine.
  • The Washburn County Health Department and Washburn County vaccinators DO NOT have extra, unused doses of vaccine.

Who determines what groups are eligible for vaccination?

 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.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine? 

  • Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.
  • While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
    • Avoid crowds
    • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
    • Wash your hands often

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 DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov
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.