The updated COVID-19 booster shot that targets both the original virus and the BA.4 and BA.5 variants is now available in greater Green Bay, with health care providers and major pharmacies scheduling appointments.
The new shots are not likely to provide a huge benefit over the original vaccine, according to scientists. But any boost in protection is worthwhile, potentially preventing death, hospitalization and long COVID-19, government officials said.
COVID-19, which still accounts for about 60,000 cases, 5,000 hospitalizations and 350 deaths a day in the U.S., is expected to surge again this fall and winter, as it has in both previous years of the pandemic.
Bellin Health is offering the boosters for those 12 and older at all of its vaccination locations.
“As cases of COVID-19 continue to circulate in our communities, the bivalent booster dose will provide a broader layer of protection for individuals, including better protection against the omicron variants — which are now the dominant strain of the virus,” said Bellin Health infection prevention specialist Jennifer Kuhn.
Prevea is offering the booster at select Prevea Health locations for those 12 and older.
Below is a list we compiled of places to get the COVID-19 vaccination and the updated boosters. The state Department of Health Services also has a site to help you locate vaccine providers.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, go to mybellin.org or call 920-445-7313. Vaccinations are available at the following locations:
Bellin Health Primary Care clinics.
Bellin FastCare locations seven days at week at 1976 Lime Kiln Road and 2015 Shawano Ave. (inside Meijer). Walk-ins are welcome.
Bellin Fastlane, 1920 Libal St.
Appointments are required for all booster shots.
Bellin also received a limited quantity of the Novavax vaccine, which will be administered from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Bellin Health FastCare east and west Green Bay locations only.
Vaccinations are being offered at Prevea Health Centers in northeastern Wisconsin. You do not need to be a Prevea patient to receive one.
COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available at:
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
Prevea East Mason Health Center, 3021 Voyager Drive, Green Bay.
Prevea Howard Health Center, 2793 Lineville Road, Howard.
Appointments will be needed to get a vaccine at a Prevea location.
Register on MyPrevea.com or call 1-833-344-4373.
Brown County Public Health
Brown County reminds residents that:
The COVID-19 vaccination is free. If you receive a bill contact the organization that sent the bill or a community support agency.
Social Security number and insurance are not required to receive the vaccine.
Call your provider, a community support agency, or Brown County Public Health (920-448-6400) if you encounter difficulty with billing or access.
Community support agencies include:
ADRC-Aging & Disability Resource Center: adrcofbrowncounty.org, or call 920-448-4300 for assistance with registration.
Brown County Library: browncountylibrary.org or call 920-448-4400 for assistance with computer access and safely distanced guidance onsite.
Casa ALBA Melanie-Hispanic Resource Center: casaalba.org or call 920-445-0104 for assistance with registration and translation.
COMSA-Somali and Immigrant Resource Center: comsausa.org or call 920-662-4939 for assistance with registration and translation.
N.E.W. Community Clinic: newcommunityclinic.org or call 920-437-9773 for assistance if uninsured or underinsured 2-1-1
Brown County United Way: browncountyunitedway.org, or call 2-1-1 (1-800-924-5514), or text your ZIP code to 898211 for assistance with registration.
The county also offers free transportation assistance to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Curative Connections: call 920-468-1161 for availability of rides.
Uber Health: call 920-448-6400 to schedule a ride.
Medical Transportation Management (MTM): for those enrolled in certain programs, including Wisconsin Medicaid, IRIS, BadgerCare Plus, call 866-907-1493 to schedule a ride.
Green Bay Metro transit bus system: call 920-448-3450 or download the app to see route schedules. When boarding tell the driver you are going to get your COVID-19 vaccine.
Sign up for an appointment on Aurora's LiveWell app or by calling 866-443-2584 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
To find a location, go here.
De Pere Health Department
The health department is holding influenza and COVID-19 vaccination clinics. All clinics are appointment only. At most of the clinics, Johnson & Johnson and the Pfizer vaccines will be available, including booster shots.
To schedule an appointment, go here.
The updated COVID-19 booster will be available to those 18 and older from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the community center, 610 Grant St., and for those 12 and older from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the community center.
The health department is also sponsoring a drive-thru flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in the food pantry lot, 1927 Chicago St. The Pfizer bivalent booster will be available for those 12 and older.
De Pere Hometown Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment at the pharmacy, 510 Redbird Circle, go online or call 920-351-8155.
The De Pere pharmacy is at 510 Redbird Circle.
People can visit costco.com/covid-vaccine.html to see if vaccine appointments are open at the Costco pharmacy in Bellevue. Appointments depend on vaccine supply.
Supply of the updated booster varies by location.
To see if an appointment is available and sign up at a Green Bay pharmacy, go to CVS Pharmacy's website. Appointments will be available based on vaccine supply.
Select CVS pharmacies will be offering the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds starting Sunday.
CVS offers the updated booster shot.
People can register to get a vaccine at Meijer online or by texting "COVID" to the number 75049.
People without internet access or a smartphone can call the Meijer Pharmacy at 2015 Shawano Ave. in Howard to register at 920-496-8110. Once you are registered, Meijer will contact you with a date and time if an appointment becomes available.
Walk-ins are also accepted at all Meijer pharmacies in Wisconsin. Doses are first-come, first-served.
Meijer administers the updated booster shot.
Oneida Health Division
Vaccination walk-in clinics are scheduled for:
12:30-2 p.m. June 2, Oneida National Elementary School. For students.
Noon-3 p.m. June 15, Oneida Community Health Center, main conference room. For people 12 years and older.
2-4 p.m. June 23, Oneida Community Health Center, main conference room. For ages 5-11.
9 a.m.-noon June 29, Oneida Community Health Center, main conference room. For people 12 years and older.
Pick 'n Save
Pick 'n Save locations at 1819 Main St. and 1291 Lombardi Access Road in Green Bay are administering vaccines.
People should visit picknsave.com/rx/covid-eligibility or call 866-211-5320 to see if an appointment is available.
People can register and see if a Walgreens near you is offering appointments at walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19. Appointments will be available based on vaccine supply. People without computers can call 1-800-925-4733.
Walgreens has started scheduling vaccination appointments for 5 to 11-year-olds.
Vaccines are available at Walmart pharmacies in Green Bay and De Pere. Appointments can be found online.
Walk-ins are also accepted at all locations in Wisconsin, while doses are available.
Sam's Club pharmacy is administering shots at its store at 2470 W. Mason St. in Green Bay.
People can check if appointments are available on the webpage.
Walk-ins are also accepted at all locations in Wisconsin, while doses are still available.
Streu's Pharmacy Bay Natural is at 635 Main St. in Green Bay.
People who are currently eligible for a vaccine can sign up online at streuspharmacybaynatural.com to get contacted when an appointment is available.
Or call, 920-437-0206.
Pulaski Pharmacy is located at 121 N. St. Augustine St. in Pulaski.
People currently eligible can call the store at 920-822-3011 to be put on the waitlist for an appointment.
N.E.W. Community Clinic
Anyone who doesn't have insurance or are on medical assistance or BadgerCare and is eligible for a vaccine can make a vaccine appointment at the community clinic.
Residents can call 920-437-9773 or 920-498-5436 to schedule an appointment.
Aging & Disability Resource Center
Anyone who can receive an in-home vaccination should contact the ADRC at 920-448-4300 or email@example.com.
Are we missing a vaccine site? Contact Benita Mathew at (920) 309-3428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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