January 11, 2021: We invite you to read this letter to the Greenfield Community
Greenfield is currently in Phase 1A of vaccination and have limited supply that is prioritized to frontline healthcare workers and skilled-nursing facility staff and residents.
When will vaccine be available for me?
The federal government and the State of Wisconsin are endorsing a phased vaccination approach for COVID-19 vaccines. This phased approach allows for vaccinating those most at risk as vaccine availability increases in the coming weeks. COVID-19 vaccine will be available for anyone who wants it, but patience will be required as vaccine availability expands. We understand that patience in the middle of a global pandemic is challenging.
Wisconsin is currently in Phase 1A of the vaccine prioritization guidelines. Right now, in the early weeks of Phase 1A, the few doses the Greenfield Health Department has received are available to frontline health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents. As vaccine supply increases, other health care personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff will be offered COVID-19 vaccination. We expect that it will take several more weeks to vaccinate everyone eligible in Phase 1A.
After we get more vaccine supply and vaccinate those in Phase 1A, we anticipate that Phase 1B may include persons aged 75 and older and non–health care frontline essential workers. This information is subject to change based on further guidelines and vaccine supply.
Is distribution of the vaccine different in other parts of the state of Wisconsin?
The State of Wisconsin will be moving through the priority groups strategically and at the same time statewide.
Why did a friend in a different get vaccine already?
Again, at both a national and state level, we are using a phased approach. Due to this approach, only those who meet the Phase 1A definition (frontline health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents) should be getting vaccine. We can only control our vaccine allotments and who receives these.
The Greenfield Health Department has only received 200 doses to date (as of 1/1/21). We will continue to prioritize frontline health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents, and believe this population is approximately 1,000 persons. We understand that the State of Wisconsin will be moving through the priority groups strategically and at the same time statewide. We cannot speak to why your friend received vaccine already.
I am not a resident of a skilled nursing facility, however, I am at an age where I could be. Why can’t I get the vaccine?
Skilled nursing facility staff and residents have been identified by the state as a priority group, likely due to increased exposure in this specific setting.
Where will I learn of vaccine availability?
We anticipate that the State of Wisconsin will move through the priority groups strategically and at the same time across the state. As such, we anticipate that there will be a large media presence (TV and radio), including social media (Facebook, NextDoor, others), that will identify when the next phase is ready to begin. At that time, your local health department will have clinic availability and registration open for you. Because of the specific challenges with the use of this vaccine within a specific time frame, we will require everyone to schedule an appointment for vaccination on a specific date and time.
I have had COVID in the past. Can I get the vaccine?
Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.
Click here to visit the DHS Wisconsin Webpage for COVID-19 Vaccine
Click here to learn more about registering to get the vaccine in Wisconsin.
Questions? Contact us at COVID19vaccine@greenfieldwi.us