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Public Health Will Continue Prioritizing Elderly for Vaccination

Officials at the Door County Public Health Department said it will continue to prioritize people older than age 65 in its COVID-19 vaccination effort. 

The state of Wisconsin expanded the pool of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine March 1 to include education and child care staff, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term-care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline essential health care personnel, and staff and residents of congregate living settings.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Door County has provided the first dose of vaccine to approximately 21.9% of the population and 53% of those older than 65. Other groups will be added to the list for vaccinations when demand from those older than 65 has been met, the health department said in a press release Tuesday.

From people younger than 65 who are receiving the vaccine, the department will require proof of employment to confirm that they meet employment requirements to be eligible. The state is providing Public Health with a separate allocation of vaccines for K-12 and child care staff beginning March 15. 

“We are working with schools and child care agencies to schedule appointments for these staff members,” the department said in the Tuesday press release. “School staff will be sent separate directions related to scheduling.”

Individuals aged 65 and older, and those enrolled in Medicaid long-term-care programs can register for Public Health’s vaccination list at dcphwaitlist.timetap.com or by calling 920.746.7180. Once registered, they will remain on the list until they have been contacted. 

Door County Medical Center and Walgreens are also providing vaccinations.

The Door and Kewaunee County Public Health Departments are asking those on their waiting lists who get vaccinated by another provider to contact their office to be removed from the Public Health list. 

“Currently, we have Kewaunee County Public Health Department staff calling those on our waiting list to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment,” said Cindy Kinnard, the department’s director. “Some of these individuals are informing us that they have already received the vaccine.”

People will receive their second dose at the same location where they received their first dose, so they should remove themselves from other waiting lists once they’ve obtained a first dose. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, so we need to be as accurate as possible with each week’s request,” Kinnard said, “and we determine our amount by looking at our waiting list.” 

To be removed from the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list, or if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and would like to be placed on the list, call 920.388.7160 or submit a request at kewauneeco.org/departments/public-health/general-information/contact-us. The Kewaunee County Public Health Department had administered 2,169 doses of the vaccine through March 3.

To be removed from the Door County Public Health Department’s waiting list, call 920.746.7180. 

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