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Wisconsin rolling out COVID-19 vaccine registry website

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:17 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:17 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin is launching a COVID-19 vaccine registry website.

The Department of Health Services describes it as “a central place to let people know where and when they can they can get vaccinated, and let them schedule an appointment.”

The registry will:

  • Screen people for eligibility
  • Guide you in making an appointment
  • Help you track your vaccine information
  • Send reminders to people to get their second dose

If you’re not eligible for a vaccine yet, the registry will put you on a waiting list to be notified when you become eligible.

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-registry.htm

“This registry will be vital in our effort to get all Wisconsinites access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “It will make it easier for the public to get vaccinated, and assist vaccinators in tracking available supply. It is important to remember that the vaccine supply in Wisconsin is extremely limited and that most people will not be able to get appointments to be vaccinated right away.”

Several health departments will start testing the system in their communities on Feb. 22. The City of Menasha Health Department is taking part in the test run.

The tool will become available to other health departments starting March 1, the same day people in education and child care sectors and other non-frontline essential health care personnel become eligible to get the vaccine.

“That group is not as big as the 65 plus population, but close. Probably in the range of 600,000-700,000 people. Our 65 plus was about a million people,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary for the Department of Health Services.

Willems Van Dijk anticipates 50 percent of those 65 and older will have at least one dose of the vaccine by March 1.

The registry is expected to be widely available by April 1.

The state says it will not be a “comprehensive resource” for all vaccine options. Many health care systems, pharmacies and local health departments have their own scheduling software.

Appointments are dependent on the availability of the vaccine.

As of Thursday, the state has administered just over one million doses.

Health officials say starting next week, the state will get 115,000 doses per week.

“That represents a 64 percent increase from mid January and we have been assured we will have this amount for the next three weeks,” said Willems Van Dijk.

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