Local COVID-19 vaccine rollout timeline explained

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Eau Claire City-County Health Department issues an initial timeline for when community members can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The first group includes health care workers; long-term care staff & residents, those defined as essential workers, and people who are 65 and older or have underlying health conditions. The vaccine process for those people began this month and is expected to last until the coming spring.

Phase two stretches through spring and summer 2021. It includes the rest of the critical populations along with the first roll-out for general populations.

The third phase runs from next summer and beyond. The health department stresses vaccines will not become widely available to community members until mid-2021.

“The state is doing a lot to get the vaccine out, but there’s also an enormous local role and we continue to learn about how we are partnering with the state to get vaccination to happen locally. It’s a process and even this week we are having more conversations every day with our state partners about how that will happen,” said Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director, Lieske Giese.

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