North Shore Health Dept. Receives Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

Nikki Gaskins
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WHITEFISH BAY, WI — For the week of Jan. 25, NSHD said it received a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, around 140 total doses.

"Our COVID-19 vaccine appointments are filled for this week. For the week of Feb. 1, we will know the availability of our vaccine supply by Monday, Feb 1 at the latest," health officials said.

Due to anticipated supply constraints, NSHD will only be vaccinating a limited number of eligible individuals, including front-line health care personnel and adults aged 65 and older. We will know how many people we will be able to vaccinate when we hear of our allocation from WI DHS. We will send out information to this North Shore Vaccine Notification List about how eligible individuals can sign up for a vaccine appointment. People who sign up for an appointment are also committing to a second appointment at NSHD in either 21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna.

NSHD will continue to request COVID-19 vaccine from WI DHS on a weekly basis. We will continue to share information on when and how eligible individuals will be able to sign up for our clinics on either the Friday or Monday of the upcoming week.

Adults Aged 65 Years and Older

On Jan. 25, Wisconsin DHS expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to adults aged 65 years and older. Healthcare systems such as Froedtert, Ascension and Advocate Aurora are reaching out directly to their eligible patients.

Health systems are encouraging patients to sign up with their mobile apps or through their MyChart account to receive information about vaccination appointments. Check the website of the health system your doctor is affiliated with to learn more about how they are reaching out to eligible patients. Health systems, like local health departments, also have a limited supply of vaccine, so it will likely take time for providers to contact all their eligible patients.

Next Eligible Populations

Wisconsin DHS announced starting around March 1st that additional people will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This group will include educators, childcare staff, individuals enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care programs, and certain public facing essential workers such as 911 operators, those working in utility and communications infrastructure, public transit employees, and food supply chain workers.

More information on who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on WI DHS’s website. Starting March 1, NSHD will make appointments open to these eligible groups as well. If eligible individuals can get vaccinated through their own healthcare providers or other venues, they are encouraged to get a vaccine as soon as they are able.

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This article originally appeared on the Whitefish Bay Patch