Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Good news for the age group doctors say is the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announces adults 65 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray explains how and where you can schedule a vaccine.
With a green light from DHS to begin vaccinating subgroup 1-b next week, approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites will meet the age requirement of being 65 years of age or older.
Dr. Ashok Rai, President, and CEO of Prevea Health say they are excited to finally get to vaccinate the population they’ve been most concerned about.
“As we look at the tragic losses across the country and even in our own areas and those who get hospitalized or those who lose their life obviously 65 and older are the largest portions of that,” said Rai.
Anyone in that 1-b group can schedule an appointment through Prevea’s website now and get their shot starting next week at Sacred Heart.
Rai said, “As of February 1, we’ll move to our much larger site at Jacob Wells and hopefully will continue to grow our presence at that site as well, they’ve been great to lease us some space so we can do this on a larger scale.”
Marshfield Clinic Health System Administrative Director, Miriam Gehler, says they will have a set number of availabilities on-site at Craig Road.
Gehler said, “You can go to Marshfield Clinic Health System website and that’s probably the best way to do it if you can and there’s a quick survey you take and then we get you scheduled.
City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese urges the public to have patience with the process. Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week.
“Our supply does not match the demand that we will have for that 65 and older population and it’s an important reminder. In Eau Claire, we are ready to go with the capacity to give vaccine by all the providers that we have, that are really ready to go and we don’t have enough supply,” said Giese.
Gehler said, “Now that it’s been opened up to that larger subgroup, we will be reporting back to the state saying here’s our demand can we get this number of vaccines next week.”
Gehler reminds the public, you do not need to be a patient of Marshfield Clinic Health System to sign up through their website.
In Eau Claire, Phoebe Murray, First News and Nine.
The full recommendations for the rest of 1-b eligibility will be voted on later this week by the state disaster medical advisory committee.