Where you can start getting the COVID-19 vaccine today if you’re 65 or older
MADISON, Wis. — Monday is the first day Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services says people aged 65 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you qualify, the process of scheduling an appointment to get the vaccine varies depending on who you use as your health care provider.
UW Health says it has started contacting patients who qualify with an invitation to set up an appointment. Those who are interested in getting the vaccine can let UW Health know by going to uwhealth.org/vaccine and filling out the interest form. Due to the large number of people now qualifying for the vaccine and limited supply, filling out the form does not guarantee you get an appointment, but it does let UW Health know you’re interested in case same-day appointments suddenly become available.
SSM Health says it is also contacting people who are now eligible to get the vaccine, but will schedule their vaccines in phases. They’ll start by prioritizing people who are aged 75 or older, due to the higher risk for COVID-19 in that age group. After that, they’ll start vaccinating people between the ages of 65 and 74. SSM Health is also offering a pre-registration system that will notify you when an appointment is available.
UnityPoint Health-Meriter says it will contact people directly the schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, and is asking people not to call the clinic or try to schedule an appointment until they’re notified.
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin says its still formulating its plans on how it will conduct the next round of vaccinations, but encourages its patients to fill out their vaccine interest form to help them gauge how much of the vaccine they’ll need to request.
UW-Madison says about 1,800 members of the campus community are 65 or older and are now eligible to be vaccinated through University Health Services. They say they’ve started contacting those people directly to set up appointments, but anyone who would rather get vaccinated through their own health care provider is welcome to do so.
If you don’t have a provider in the area, Public Health Madison & Dane County has a virtual survey you can fill out to be matched with a vaccinator in Dane County. The form is available in both English and Spanish.
Other counties may have their own processes for distributing the vaccine. To find more information about the process where you live, visit the county health department websites below.
Columbia County (redirects to DHS site)
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