Submitted by Wisconsin Central Time NEWS Editorial Staff
Marathon County will be 1 of 4 new sites in Wisconsin hosting a regional community vaccination clinic. Three clinics will be located in La Crosse County, Racine County, and Marathon County, and the fourth clinic will be split between Douglas and Barron County. Locations are planned to open sometime in April, when the vaccine is more readily available.
According to Governor Tony Evers’s February 23, 2021, press release:
“We are continuing to work to get vaccine doses across our state as soon as we have doses available. These community-based sites are going to be critical to our work making sure that Wisconsinites can get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic behind us.”
Locally, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution #R-18- 21 (see p. 145), authorizing County officials to take actions necessary to facilitate the regional vaccination site. Marathon County Health Department staff have recommended that the site operate on the grounds of Northcentral Technical College due to its onsite infrastructure, layout, and transportation access; however, the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is evaluating the recommendation and should be able to announce a site in the near future.
As of March 1, 2021, 17,513 Marathon County residents have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the total county population of 135,692 residents, 9,787 residents have completed the vaccine series.
40.1% of Marathon County residents aged 65 and over have received at least 1 vaccine dose.
A total of 27,308 doses have been given to Marathon County residents. (If interested, the most recent data are available at COVID-19: Vaccine Data | Wisconsin Department of Health Services.)
- Persons aged 65 and older are at the highest risk of developing severe disease, needing hospitalization, or dying; therefore, these persons will be prioritized to receive the vaccine, and it will take several weeks to vaccinate the majority of this population.
- As of March 1, 2021, the Wisconsin DHS is expanding the groups of people eligible for vaccination. Eligibility groups will overlap. Those 65 and over will remain eligible to receive the vaccine and will be prioritized over newly eligible groups.
- Vaccine supply continues to be lower than demand. Your patience is appreciated.
The Marathon County Health Department continues to advise the use of masks, social distancing, and hand washing to control the spread of COVID-19.
Sign up with the Marathon County Alert System (powered by the Everbridge smartphone app) to receive critical information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Marathon County Alert System is most efficient when using the Everbridge app on your smartphone as app users will receive alerts and notifications before any text or email alerts are sent out. In addition, Everbridge app messages are not limited by text restrictions, meaning app users will receive the full alert right away with all the critical information viewable at once.
View instructions on how to download the Everbridge app here.
For the latest information and statistics on this public health crisis, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or the Marathon County Health Department COVID-19 webpage or follow the Marathon County Health Department on Facebook.
Vaccine image by HakanGERMAN via Pixabay.com.
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