It used to be that the unvaccinated would contract COVID-19 at a rate 1.1 times higher than the vaccinated. That is no longer true.
The vaccinated are “almost getting it at the same rate,” said Sue Powers, Door County health officer/public health manager, during a May 9 update to the Health and Human Services Committee. “The difference is that the vaccinated are less frequently hospitalized and have fewer deaths.”
Jim Heise, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) chief medical officer and a Health and Human Services Committee member, said DCMC had three COVID-19 patients last week and one this week, and all were there for something other than COVID-19.
“We’re seeing a lot milder cases,” he said, with the hospital no longer in crisis mode. “Right now we at the hospital are feeling pretty good about things relative to the pandemic.”
Door County Public Health continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all those who are eligible, with a top priority of minimizing hospitalizations and deaths. People are best protected from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes a booster to further enhance or restore protection for many people.
Vaccination clinics are held weekly on Tuesday afternoons in Sturgeon Bay, and monthly clinics are offered in Sister Bay and on Washington Island.
To see a complete list of vaccination-clinic offerings, follow the department on Facebook or visit co.door.wi.gov/167/Public-Health. To get information about booster doses or general COVID-19 concerns, help with scheduling an appointment or answers concerning positive at-home tests, call 920.746.2234.