Oconto County health officials now taking appointments for vaccine clinic
OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) - Residents of Oconto County can once again make an appointment for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
County health officials say scheduling began at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 8.
Officials say appointments will only be made for those who were eligible for the vaccine before March 1. Those community members include frontline health care workers, police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and adults who are 65 and older.
Oconto County officials say last week was the only week they did not have an open clinic, since starting at the end of January.
“Since last week, we did receive a larger allocation this week, so we will be having more appointments available and we’re hoping that that will continue that we’ll be able to have larger clinics,” said Debra Konitzer, the Oconto County Health Officer.
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located at the courthouse, and appointments are made available every Monday, with the clinic running on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Anyone wanting to make an appointment for the clinic, which officials say will be held this week in Oconto, can call 920-834-6846.
County officials say they won’t accept appointments by voicemail, and there won’t be a waitlist.
As Action 2 News previously reported, a vaccine clinic held in Oconto County last month had all appointments booked within two hours.
“We’ve had smaller numbers of the amount of vaccine. Therefore, we have fewer appointments that are available, filling up more quickly,” said Debra.
Debra says Oconto County has many providers that vaccinate across the county, including, a Prevea vaccine site at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and another opening in Mountain.
“We have been doing hundreds, if not thousands of people so far within the county and actually tomorrow (Tuesday) will be our first clinic in Mountain which is also within the county as well,” Dr. Ashok Rai said, President and CEO of Prevea Health.
“Within our county, we do have vaccinators up in that northern section which is usually an area that is underserved,” Debra said.
Oconto County health officials say next week, appointments will be opening up to anyone eligible for the vaccine after March 1st.
Click here for more vaccine information in Oconto County.
Click here for more information on the Prevea Health vaccine site in Oconto Falls and other locations.
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