COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Wisconsin & Michigan

Credit Iron Mountain VA Medical Center

Wisconsin and Michigan are in the process of distributing the vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. WXPR is keeping you informed about where each state is in the vaccination process and what you need to know about the vaccines. This page will be regularly updated as each state advances into the next phase.

Wisconsin

On January 19, Wisconsin DHS announced it will open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people 65 and older starting January 25. It warned it will take a long time to vaccinate this group. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older and Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from the federal government.

Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and police and fire personnel are eligible to receive the vaccine. 

Marshfield Clinic is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for people age 65 and older. Visit the healthcare system's website to complete the survey for the COVID-19 vaccine or call 877-998-0880. If you qualify, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered to those who become eligible at many Aspirus locations throughout the region. Adults 65 and older from Michigan or Wisconsin can request an appointment through Aspirus via the following options:

 

  • Visit the Aspirus website at aspirus.org/vaccine to request to be contacted to schedule an appointment.
  • Appointment request options will soon be available through the MyAspirus patient portal.
  • Call the Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center at 844-568-0701.
     

Ascension Wisconsin will start vaccinating people in the 65 and older age group starting January 25. Ascension will be going through its records and identifying current patients of Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin who qualify. The healthcare group will be in contact with you and ask that you not call Ascension hospitals or clinics to schedule an appointment at this time. 

Some Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can start getting the vaccine. Iron Mountain VA Medical Center will be contacting veterans who qualify as vaccine doses become available. 

The Oneida County Health Department will be working to provide the vaccine to people in the 65 and older group. People add their name to a waitlist on the Health Department website. You'll be contacted as doses become available. 

In Price County, persons who are age 65 and older will be able to access the vaccine by contacting:

  • Marshfield Clinic – Park Falls Center – 715-762-7333
  • Price County Public Health – 715-339-3054

People 65 and older in Iron County can call 715-561-2191 to get on a waitlist.

Langlade County has set up an online survery to determine vaccine need in the county or you can call 715-627-6250.

County health departments are also helping people get the COVID-19 vaccine who are frontline healthcare workers that are not affiliated with a healthcare system.

Lincoln County: You can call Lexi at the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-539-1374 or Shelley at 715-539-1360.

Forest County: Call 715-478-3371

Vilas County Health Department is focused on Phase 1A and first responders at this time. 

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic has COVID-19 vaccines available for SCC Tribal Members, all SCC employees, and those that reside in the Mole Lake Community. Call (715) 478-5180 to schedule an appointment. 

The Lac du Flambeau Peter Christensen Health Center/Community Health Department is adminstering COVID-19 vaccine doses by invitation only at this time. 

The Lac Vieux Desert Health Center has tribal members and patients on a waitlist. Right now, there is a 4 to 6 week delay. It will be in contact with people as more doses become available. 

The National Guard and pharamcy or nursing students from the University of Wisconsin system will be assisting local and tribal health departments with vaccine clinics. 

Wisconsin will move into Part B of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Affliated pharamacies can start vaccinating people in assisted living facilities Monday, January 25. Pharamcies have been vaccinating people in skilled nursing facilities since December. 

Wisconsin DHS is now offering a weekly newsletter. People can get email updates on COVID-19 and vaccine progress in the state. Sign up here

You can view other state vaccine data on the Department of Health Services website

Michigan

Michigan is now in Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Included in Phase 1B are essential frontline workers and people in the 65 and older age category. Essential frontline workers include teachers and school staff, corrections officers, and first responders.

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You can view how many vaccine doses have been shipped and administered on the Michigan website.

Aspirus is helping provide vaccines to people who fall into the 65 and older category. If you live in a Michigan county with an Aspirus clinic or hospital you can call the COVID-19 hotline to put your name on a waitlist, 844-568-0701.

Some Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can start getting the vaccine. Iron Mountain VA Medical Center will be contacting veterans who qualify as vaccine doses become available. 

County health departments are handling the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for people who fall in the essential frontline worker category. Eligible frontline essential workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department covers Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties. As of January 12, it’s filled all appointments that it has vaccines available for.

Dickson-Iron District Health Department has filled all of its appointments for available doses. It will not schedule more appointments until more doses become available. 

You can find the latest statewide information on the Michigan Government website

About the COVID-19 vaccines

The FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization to two COVID-19 vaccines as of January 12. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. Each vaccine requires two doses to be most effective. 

The mRNA vaccines teach the cells in our bodies how to a make a protein and that protein triggers an immune response in our bodies.

It is reccommended you wear a mask and follow other health guidelines even after you get vaccinted. This is both to protect you while your body builds up immunity and to protect other since it's currently unknown if you can pass on the virus even if you're vaccinated.