COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out to the Community
The COVID-19 vaccination will be distributed to the community in a series of phases due to vaccine supply. While the vaccine supply is limited right now, this phased approach allows for priority groups to receive vaccine first.
Phase 1 is split into three sub groups, 1A, 1B and 1C. These specific populations are determined by the WI Department of Health Services who follow CDC and ACIP and SDMAC (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Wisconsin’s State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee) recommendations and requirements. The local health care systems and public health departments provide vaccinations to these groups as directed by the WI Department of Health Services.
Phase 1A includes individuals who provide direct patient service or engage in activities that may place them in contact with infected persons or materials. These individuals are health care workers and long-term care staff and residents.
Individuals in phase 1A are currently receiving vaccinations through their employers or Crawford County Public Health and have been notified of these opportunities. The goal is to have all Crawford County residents, who want to receive the vaccination and are in phase 1A classification vaccinated by the end of this month.
Phase 1B includes essential workers. The defined list of those that will be classified as “essential workers” has not yet been released from WI DHS. This phase will include critical infrastructure services and specific groups will be released and notified as we move forward.
The WI DHS has released that police and fire personnel will be eligible to receive their vaccine starting the week of January 18th. The Crawford County Public Health Department is working with these organizations to determine the individuals that would like the vaccine and will hold a clinic for these individuals in the near future. If you are an individual that fits in the 1A phase or are police and fire personnel and would like to receive your vaccination, contact your organization for details.
Phase 1C will include individuals who are considered higher risk for severe illness based on age and/or health history. We do not have an estimated timeframe on when this phase will start at this time. Stay tuned for future notifications from Crawford County Public Health as vaccines are available for other groups. Please be patient, as this process may take several months. When supplies are here, we are committed to get everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to receive one.