COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Forest County Health Department is currently helping to provide COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals as determined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This includes:

  • Everyone 16 and older

If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, please call our office at 715-478-3371. 

You can also contact your healthcare provider to ask about vaccine availability.

Thank you!

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Notice to the Public

IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF THOSE WE SERVE AND OUR EMPLOYEES, FOREST COUNTY OFFICES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO WALK-IN SERVICES. EMPLOYEES ARE STILL WORKING TO SERVE YOU VIA TELEPHONE OR EMAIL.

ONLY URGENT MATTERS SHOULD BE SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT.

If you do not know the phone number for the county department you need to reach, please call the Forest County Clerk’s Office at 715-478-2422 and they will connect you to the desired department, or visit www.co.forest.wi.gov for a list of departments.

THERE IS ALSO A TABLE IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE COURTHOUSE WITH DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION.


Thank you for your understanding.

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Covid-19 Resources for Parents and Guardians

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/parents.htm

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Vaccine Update 4/8/21

The Forest County Health Department has received an allotment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine to begin administering next week. This is a one-dose vaccine for individuals 18 and older. For more information and/or to schedule, please call FCHD at (715)-478-3371.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Don’t put away your masks, please! We are vaccinating our population as quickly as possible, but we are not to herd immunity quite yet.

The Supreme Court ruling from March 31 struck down the statewide mask mandate, but it is still very important to wear a mask when in public settings, enclosed spaces, or anytime there is close contact to another person outside of your household that is 6 feet or less.   

The Forest County Health Department recommends that people continue to wear masks in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID. If we let our guard down now and COVID continues to spread, it naturally mutates and may lead to variant strains that our current vaccines cannot prevent.

Currently 30.2% of Forest County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. By April 5th, anyone age 16 and older will be eligible to receive vaccine. We ask for your continued patience and to use masks so that we can get as many people fully vaccinated as possible and to prevent the continued spread of COVID.

Despite our vaccination efforts, there continues to be cases of COVID throughout Wisconsin, including Forest County and neighboring counties.   Please consider your health and the health of those around you by following the proven safety measures to keep our community safe. Wearing a mask protects us all.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Forest County Health Department continues to receive weekly allocations from the State of Wisconsin of the Pfizer vaccine to aid in the response to the current pandemic. As of March 30th 2021, there have been 2,753,146 vaccines administered across the State of Wisconsin. In Forest County, 30.1% (2,707) of our residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 23.1% (2,078) have completed the vaccine series. For current vaccination data for Wisconsin and Forest County please visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm#summary .

On March 30th, Governor Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that everyone ages 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. While everyone will be eligible starting April 5, vaccine providers will prioritize anyone previously eligible such as public-facing essential workers and people with medical conditions. Please realize that there may be waitlists.

In Forest County, there are many options available for getting vaccinated including local and tribal health departments, community based vaccination clinics and healthcare providers. To find a local vaccine provider visit the COVID-19 vaccine provider map or visit https://vaccinefinder.org. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for individuals age 16 and 17.

“We have built-up a strong network of vaccine providers across the state. Every community is different, some providers may have openings and others may have waitlists but I assure you that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one in the coming weeks,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to reach 80 percent community immunity in Wisconsin.”

We will continue to share more information about vaccine availability as it becomes available from DHS. 

To continue to keep residents of Forest County safe and healthy, please continue using good infection control habits such as washing your hands, wearing a mask in public, avoiding large crowds, and staying home if you are sick and getting tested. If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call The Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.

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