Crawford Vaccine Update

Crawford County Health Department is maintaining a waitlist for everyone who is currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin. The eligible groups include:

  • Health care workers (paid & unpaid);

  • Long-term care staff and residents;

  • Police-fire-correctional institute personnel;

  • Individuals age 65 and older;

  • Education and childcare staff;

  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care programs;

  • 911 Operators;

  • Utility & communications workers;

  • Public Transit;

  • Food supply chain workers, including restaurant workers;

  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel;

  • Congregate living facility staff and residents;

  • Criminal justice and court system professionals, including judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, victim witness coordinators, court clerks, and others essential to in-person criminal court proceedings;

  • Spiritual care leaders;

  • Individuals age 16 and older who have medical conditions known to be associated with a greater risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Breakdown of who qualifies in each of these categories can be found on the Department of Health Services website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

This week, Crawford County Public Health received 252 first doses of Pfizer vaccine. We have scheduled individuals into clinics in Gays Mills, Prairie du Chien & Wauzeka from our current waiting list. “We encourage everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine to register for a vaccine with our department or contact our local pharmacies and clinics in our county, says Cindy Riniker, Health Officer. “We want everyone who wants or needs a vaccine to get vaccinated.”

To complete registration for the vaccine and be added to our waitlist, please register on-line at https://www.crawfordcountywi.org/health.html or call our office at 608-326-0229 and we help with the registration process.

Community Updates

A reminder to everyone that Govenor Ever’s mask mandate remains in effect until April 5th. If this mask mandate is not extended again, Public Health recommends everyone to continue to wear masks in public to slow spread of disease. Wearing a mask protects and shows respect to other’s health and wellness that may not have been vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated.

Crawford County Public Health continues to offer COVID-19 testing for those with no healthcare provider, no or poor insurance coverage, or part of a disease investigation. We offer this service on Monday mornings outside the administration building by appointment only. Community testing sites using National Guard personnel are available in Vernon County twice monthly, Lancaster weekly, and Gays Mills will continue with a monthly clinic.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning it has been two weeks or longer since they have finished their vaccine series, can engage in some social situations. These include:

  • Visiting with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.

  • Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household who are all at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.

  • Refraining from quarantine and testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic

It continues to be important that fully vaccinated people follow public health best practices in public spaces. This includes

  • wearing a mask and physically distancing, staying home if you are sick, practice good washing, avoid large mass gatherings, and avoid non-essential travel.

  • Fully vaccinated people should also continue these practices when visiting unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

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