On May 13, Wisconsin began offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 12-15.Children can currently only receive the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two different doses.
Last week, both Iowa and Richland counties reported cases of the P.1 COVID-19 variant, and officials are stressing COVID safety to avoid the further spread of this or other variants.
Valley Sentinel reached out to the local health departments for an update on vaccine distribution in the county. Below are responses about vaccines in Iowa and Richland counties.
Editor’s Column: This week is the first time in almost a year and a half that I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been this pandemic.
On April 13, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended agencies pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccination after six women developed a rare type of blood clot following vaccination.
Barbara felt ecstatic in January when a Wisconsin Department of Health Services letter confirmed that she and her parents were eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The 28-year-old education student lives with her parents in Milwaukee. All three share caretaking duties for Barbara’s young child, who is on the autism spectrum. That unpaid work qualifies them as frontline health care personnel in Wisconsin’s vaccine rollout.
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators for getting available shots in arms. With increased vaccine supply and an accelerated vaccination pace in recent weeks, the state is able to push the eligibility date four weeks earlier than expected. “We knew all along our COVID-19 vaccination program would be a massive undertaking, and we’re proud Wisconsin is currently leading the country in these efforts and that we’re now able to give all Wisconsinites 16 and older the opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Gov. Evers.
In keeping with Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) guidance, Sauk Prairie Healthcare is continuing to prioritize those age 65 or older for the COVID19 vaccine, while also serving as a vaccinator for educators and child care through the coordination of local health departments.