What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get it in Wisconsin as eligibility expands to all adults

Everyone 16 and older in Wisconsin is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

With roughly a third of Wisconsin residents having received at least one dose of vaccine, many more will be looking for a chance to get a shot in the coming days and weeks.

Here’s what you need to know about eligibility, where to get the vaccine and more.

How many Wisconsin residents have been vaccinated so far?

As of Sunday, 33% of the population had received at least one dose of vaccine, or 1.9 million people. And 20%, or 1.1 million people, were fully vaccinated, according to state data.

Over three-quarters of the population 65 and older had received at least one shot.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one.

Wisconsin’s population is 5.8 million. No COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the federal government for the 20% of the state’s residents who are under 16 years old.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds, while Moderna’s product is only available for those 18 and up.

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Why has the state opened eligibility to everyone?

Since mid-December, Wisconsin had been operating under a phased vaccination plan. Certain groups became eligible as vaccine supply from the federal government increased.

Julie Willems Van Dijk, state Department of Health Services deputy secretary, said the decision to expand eligibility to everyone was based on reliable estimates of vaccine supply from the federal government and made because most of the state was already eligible anyway. 

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Where can I get the vaccine?

There are several kinds of places that are providing vaccinations in Wisconsin:

  • Health systems. Most are calling eligible patients to schedule appointments
  • Community health centers. Most are calling patients or scheduling appointments online or over the phone.
  • Walgreens. Appointments can be made online or by calling 800-925-4733.
  • CVS. Appointments can be made online.
  • Meijer. You can get on a list for a vaccine appointment online, by texting COVID to 75049 or by calling or visiting your local Meijer pharmacy.
  • Metro Market. Some Kroger grocery stores with pharmacies are receiving the vaccine. Visit metromarket.net/rx/covid-eligibility to check availability.
  • Pick ‘N Save. Some Kroger grocery stores with pharmacies are receiving the vaccine. Visit picknsave.com/rx/covid-eligibility to check availability.
  • Hy-Vee.  Go online to book an appointment.
  • Costco. Go online to book an appointment. 
  • Some local pharmacies. Many independent pharmacies have ways to register for a vaccine on their websites or to put your name on a waiting list. Others have set up walk-in vaccination clinics. Go here for more.
  • County and city health departments. Information is available on their websites.
  • Community vaccine clinics. There are three state-sponsored community clinics open in the state, as well as other large-scale vaccine clinics in the Fox Cities. See more here.
  • Veterans Affairs centers. The Milwaukee VA Center is calling eligible veterans and offering appointments. Vets are advised not to call for an appointment, but can go to va.gov to express interest in getting vaccinated.

The state health department has created an interactive map of all vaccine providers in Wisconsin.

More information on where to get the vaccine can be found here.

Where are the mass vaccination sites in Wisconsin?

Three state-sponsored community clinics are open in the state along with a large site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Milwaukee.

DHS community-based vaccination clinics are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday in La Crosse, Rock and Racine counties:

  • UW-La Crosse Cleary Alumni Center, 615 East Ave., La Crosse
  • Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville
  • Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Ave., Racine

Marathon County’s state-sponsored community vaccination clinic will open Tuesday at Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau.

Barron and Douglas counties will share a community clinic. The opening date has not been announced yet.

The Wisconsin Center vaccination clinic run by FEMA, at 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, is open to anyone in the state. It runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Book an appointment through the state’s centralized scheduling website or by calling 414-286-6800.

A mass vaccination site at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena will open April 8.

Where can I get vaccinated without an appointment?

Most vaccine clinics require residents to book appointments ahead of time.

Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee is running walk-in clinics at its Layton Avenue location. Visit hayatrx.com/walk-in-clinic for updated dates and times. Residents can also schedule appointments at hayatcovidvaccine.as.me.

Hayat is also running a vaccination clinic 12-8 p.m. April 5 at Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street. Walk-ins are welcome.

The City of Milwaukee is running walk-in-only clinics at North and South Division high schools for residents of 18 priority ZIP codes: 53203, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53212, 53214, 53215, 53216, 53218, 53219, 53221, 53223, 53224, 53225, 53233

North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., and South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., will be open for vaccinations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How can I book an appointment with the state’s vaccine registry?

Several vaccine providers are using the state health department’s centralized appointment-scheduling website known as the state vaccine registry. It is not a comprehensive resource for all vaccine providers since they do not have to participate.

Visit vaccinate.wi.gov/en-US to schedule an appointment with one of the following providers:

  • Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • Eau Claire City-County Health Department
  • Green County Public Health
  • DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic at La Crosse County
  • DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic at Marathon County
  • City of Milwaukee Health Department FEMA Mass Vaccination Clinic at Wisconsin Center
  • Oneida County Health Department
  • DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic at Racine County
  • DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic at Rock County
  • City of Wauwatosa Health Department 
  • Fond du Lac County Health Department
  • Jefferson County Health Department

Residents can also call 844-684-1064 for help with the registry. Spanish, Hmong, Chinese Mandarin, Hindi and Somali language assistance is available.

As of Sunday, a list of providers on the state registry home page did not include the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. But residents should proceed with the registration prompts; it is possible to book appointments there through the site.

Contact Sophie Carson at (414) 223-5512 or scarson@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SCarson_News.