With the COVID-19 vaccine now being shipped, Door County residents are wondering when they can expect it to arrive here. Door County Medical Center released an update Monday.
“At this time DCMC does not have a supply of the vaccine to distribute to our community, and is not taking Covid-19 vaccination appointments,” the statement said. “There is a lot of unknown regarding the vaccines coming out; however the latest information indicates that healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be in the first group to receive the vaccine. This will tentatively take place December through January.”
The statement goes on to say that the hospital is hopeful it will have a supply of the vaccine for the general public in February.
“Those over the age of 65, or those under the age 65 with chronic conditions that put them at risk for a severe case of Covid-19, will have an opportunity to receive their vaccinations before others,” according to the statement.
Hospital leaders continue to encourage people to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands, stay home if you aren’t feeling well, and get tested as necessary.
On Tuesday Gov. Tony Evers announced the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has officially activated the federal government’s pharmacy distribution program for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This announcement is another step forward toward ensuring our most vulnerable Wisconsinites get the vaccine quickly and safely,” Evers said. “While hope is on the horizon, the best way Wisconsinites can help keep the folks living and working in our long-term care facilities healthy and safe is to continue to take every precaution to stop the spread by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and wearing a mask whenever out in public.”
A partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the national pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS, the program will utilize the Moderna vaccine pending its upcoming Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The effort will begin with skilled nursing facilities through the on-site vaccination of residents and staff of long-term care facilities. It is set to begin Dec. 28.