COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Wisconsin & Michigan

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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

All Wisconsinites 16 and older are eligibile for the COVID-19 vacine. 

People in Wisconsin can now call a hotline to get answers to any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.The hotline workers can answer questions about where to get the vaccine, assist with registration, and answer medical questions about it.

Credit Wisconsin DHS

The number for the hotline is (844) 684-1064. People can call between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

You can use Vaccine Finder to find vaccine availablility near you as well as limit search to type of vaccine. 

Vaccine Clinics in the Northwoods this Week

Several local health departments are offering vaccine clinics this week for those who are 18 years and older.

The Oneida County Health Department is partnering with Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander for a pop-up vaccine clinic.

It’s Tuesday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. People will have a choice between the one-shot Johnson and Johnson or the two-shot Moderna vaccine. No appointment necessary.

People will get a free bag of popcorn after their vaccine.

Lincoln County Health Department is holding a drive-thru vaccine clinic Tuesday, May 11.

It’s from 3:30 p.m.  to 4:30 p.m. at the Merrill Festival Grounds. You can make an appointment or just show up. This will be with the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Forest County Health Department is offering a walk-in vaccine clinic Wednesday, May 12. It’s from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Crandon City Hall, 601 W Washington. This will be with the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Price County Public Health has two vaccine clinics this week. One with the Moderna Vaccine is Thursday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, it will be offering one with the Johnson and Johnson. That is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments are required. Call 715-339-3054.

Marshfield Clinic is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for people who are currently eligible. 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. Eligible people in 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 be going through its records and identifying current patients of Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin who qualify. People can also schedule an appointment online

Select Walgreens locations across the state are getting doses of the vaccine directly from the federal government. If you are currenlty eligible, you can schedule an appointment on the Walgreens Website or call 1(800) 925-4733.

Some Kroger locations will getting vaccine allocations from the federal government, this includes selection Pick 'n Save pharmacies. If you're eligible for the vaccine, you can visit the Kroger website or call (866) 211-5320 to check availability and schedule an appointment. 

Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can get the vaccine. Iron Mountain VA Medical Center will be contacting veterans who qualify as vaccine doses become available. Veterans can also call 906-774-3300 extension 33115 to schedule an appointment. The line is open Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Oneida County Health Department: People can schedule appointments on the Health Department website as doses become available. 

In Price County, eligible people can access the vaccine by contacting:

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

In Iron County: Call the health department at 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.

Lincoln County: You can visit the county health department website to put your name on a waiting list. 

Forest County: Call 715-478-3371

Vilas County: Visit the Health Department website for different options.   

Marathon County Community Vaccination Site: Opens April 6 at Northcentral Technical College. The clinic will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Preregistration is required. 

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic: Vaccines are now available to the general public during regular clinic hours. Call 715-478-5180 to make an appointment.

The Lac du Flambeau Peter Christensen Health Center/Community Health Department has been holding opening vaccination clinics. Check it's facebook page for updates

The Lac Vieux Desert Health Center has tribal members and patients on a waitlist. If you are currenlty eligibile, you can preregister on its website.

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 is now in Part B of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Affliated pharamacies started 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

All Michiganders 16 years and older are elgibile to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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

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.
     

Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can get the vaccine. Iron Mountain VA Medical Center will be contacting veterans who qualify as vaccine doses become available. Veterans can also call 906-774-3300 extension 33115 to schedule an appointment. The line is open Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Lac Vieux Desert Health Center has tribal members and patients on a waitlist. If you are currenlty eligibile, you can preregister on its website

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department covers Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties.  You can regularly check its website for availabilty. 

Dickson-Iron District Health Department fills appointments as doses become available. You can regularly check its website for updates

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 three 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 Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a single dose adenovirus vector vaccine. It is most similar to a flu shot. 

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.

All vaccines have proven extremely effective in prevent death and severe cases of COVID-19. 

You are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Once fully vaccinated, the CDC says you can change your habits somewhat.

Here's the CDC's specific guidance for what fully vaccinated people can do:

  

  • "Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing;
  • "Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • "Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure to COVID-19 if asymptomatic"

The CDC said fully vaccinated people should continue to take these COVID-19 precautions:

  

  • "Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • "Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • "Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • "Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • "Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • "Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • "Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations"