COVID testing and vaccine clinics at Alliant Energy Center to close April 3

MADISON, Wis. — The COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics at the Alliant Energy Center will close April 3, officials announced Tuesday.

The move comes as cases in Dane County continue to decline. The center re-opened for vaccines last October and for testing in January.

“As we have done throughout the COVID pandemic, we are simply adjusting our response to meet the current needs of our community,” Public Health Madison & Dane County Director Janel Heinrich said in a statement.

Monitoring COVID-19 doesn’t stop just because case numbers are low. Dr. Dan Shirley, UW Health’s medical director of infection prevention, said they are constantly keeping an eye on case counts across the globe as well as new variants and the potential for a resurgence of the virus.

“There is a bit of a replacement going where we had this Omicron surge and now this BA-2 version which is happening in Europe in Asia right now. It is taking over here but the cases have remained low despite that switch,” he said.

Were another surge to occur in Dane County, Kate Austin Stanford from PHMDC believes the county will be ready to act in a way that fits the community’s need.

“We’ve worked really hard with our partners to be able to build out a network of testing offerings in Dane County, and that includes local pharmacy partners, other national testing partners and ourselves,” she said.

According to PHMDC, over 450,000 tests and over 110,000 vaccines have been given at the Alliant Energy center since May of 2020. Testing and vaccines will still be available through PHMDC at the clinics at 2230 S. Park Street and 2705 E. Washington Avenue.

PHMDC will also continue to offer weekly mobile vaccine clinics for first, second, booster, and additional doses. The following locations are offing appointments:

  • DeForest Public Library
    • 203 Library Street, DeForest
    • Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sun Prairie Public Library
    • 1350 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie
    • Fridays, 3pm-5:30pm
  • Madison Public Library (Lakeview)
    • 2845 N. Sherman Ave, Madison
    • Thursdays, 12pm-2:30pm
  • Madison Public Library (Goodman South Madison)
    • 2222 S. Park Street, Madison
    • Wednesdays, 12:30pm-3:30pm