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.