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DHS reaffirms: Every Wisconsinite can get COVID-19 vaccine
People without ID, insurance should not be turned away
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Beginning Jan. 25, all Wisconsin residents 65-years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

MADISON — With everyone ages 16 and older now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to schedule an appointment. Anyone that lives, works, or studies in Wisconsin can get vaccinated for free — even if they cannot provide proof of residency, do not have a valid state identification card, or do not have insurance.

“This pandemic has proven that our health is connected with the health of everyone in our community. COVID-19 is a contagious virus that spreads from person to person but the vaccine helps stop the spread. The more people that are vaccinated, the more protected Wisconsin is from the virus. That is why our biggest priority is to get 80% of Wisconsin vaccinated,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “To achieve that community immunity, we must work to remove barriers that prevent Wisconsinites from accessing the vaccine. If you don’t have an ID or insurance, you will not be turned away.”

As part of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all vaccinators to provide vaccines at no cost. DHS also continues to remind vaccinators that they cannot require people to provide an ID and cannot collect a co-payment or other charges for vaccinations.