What You Need to Know
The vaccination campaign for COVID-19 has begun. There are two approved vaccines available. Vaccine inventory from the Federal Government to the State is coming on a weekly basis. The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) will use this framework to determine State wide priorities for vaccination. Information from the SDMAC can be found here.
Who is ELIGIBLE for vaccine right now?
The State Department of Health Services has indicated that the following populations are currently eligible for vaccines:
- Healthcare Personnel and Residents of Long-term Care Facilities eligible immediately
- Law enforcement, Fire, and Correctional personnel eligible January 18, 2021
- Over 65 population eligible January 25, 2021.
Based on the vaccine supply that is received as of the week of January 18, 2021, the Health Department is currently vaccinating Healthcare personnel including those unaffiliated with a healthcare system, emergency services providers/fire, and law enforcement. As vaccine supply allows we will move to over eligible populations.
If you are an individual that is a healthcare worker or an organization that employs healthcare workers you can register at https://www.healthymke.com/register to be matched to a vaccine provider.
You can also contact the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department for more information at 414-768-8055.
What is the timeline for vaccinating other populations?
The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services releases the populations eligible for vaccination based on the recommendations and guidance that comes from the SDMAC. There is NOT a timeline from the state, and because vaccine supply is limited we cannot give you a timeline at the local health department level.
We will continue to utilize this website and social media to inform the public.
Although vaccine is slowly becoming available, we all still need to take the necessary precautions to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19. Please stay home when you’re sick, continue to wear masks, limit indoor gatherings, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands often. The combination of a vaccine and prevention measures will help us as we slowly return to “normal.”
Where can I go for the most up to date information about vaccines and vaccination data?
Milwaukee County’s Unified Emergency Operations Center (UEOC) vaccination website https://www.healthymke.com/.
Can I call the Health Department and request to be added to a list to receive the vaccine?
The Health Department does not keep a list of individuals needing to be vaccinated. We will continue to update this webpage as more information becomes available.
Is there any chance I can get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
The vaccines do not contain any part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and cannot give anyone COVID-19.
Am I able to receive the vaccine in another state while traveling?
Yes, as long as you are there long enough to receive the second dose.
We thank you for your patience during this time of navigating vaccine distribution.