Connecting people to providers: DHS uses new tool to help Wisconsin residents find vaccines

Pfizer vaccine at SSM Health
A vile of Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine
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MADISON, Wis. — In order to help connect more Wisconsin residents with COVID-19 vaccine providers, the state Department of Health Services will begin using a tool called VaccineFinder.

The program will replace the department’s current online map showcasing providers that launched in February.

“DHS is constantly evaluating different tools to make it easier to find available vaccine,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “It is critical that we streamline this process so anyone wanting a vaccination can quickly locate available vaccine in their community and get vaccinated.”

VaccineFinder was introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month. It allows users to search for providers by vaccine type, clinic hours, location and other specific options.

DHS officials say they will continue to work with vaccine providers to ensure the data populating VaccineFinder is current.

People can also call the toll-free vaccine hotline at 844-684-1064 with questions or for help finding or registering for a vaccination appointment.

Certain vaccine providers also use the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. Anyone is able to register for an appointment through that system.

Other providers may use their own scheduling system, the release said.