MONROE — Green County Public Health is continuing to vaccinate those individuals who are a part of Tier 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. This tier includes healthcare workers, individuals in long term care facilities, mortuary workers, and police and fire personnel, as defined by the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee. The department is in contact with organizations and agencies who are a part of this tier to coordinate vaccination efforts.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 25, individuals age 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Green County Public Health’s vaccinating efforts will continue to focus on the groups included in Phase 1A — healthcare/personal care workers, individuals in long term facilities, mortuary workers, police and fire personnel. Beginning the week of Jan. 25, the department will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 years of age and older who are residents at senior living facilities.
Individuals who are 65 years of age and older and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should check the website of their healthcare provider or local pharmacy. Those who do not have access to internet or a computer may consider calling their health care provider or local pharmacy in the coming weeks. Vaccine availability and the capacity of each organization to provide vaccine may vary.
“Green County Public Health is happy to hear that many community members are eager to receive the vaccine,” RoAnn Warden, Public Health Officer said in a press release Jan. 20. “Our department remains very busy responding to the pandemic through contacting tracing and vaccine coordination, and we are still providing other public health services. In the best interest of our staff’s time we ask that individuals first visit our website and Facebook page before calling or emailing our department. We will continue to update our website and Facebook page, as well as other communication outlets like newspaper and radio, as new information becomes available. We ask that community members remain patient during this time.”
As the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out, the department urges community members to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 disease activity level in Green County remains very high.
“This continues to be an exciting, yet difficult time for our community. The COVID-19 vaccine will undoubtedly be an important tool in helping move on from this pandemic,” Warden said. “Please wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and stay home often. The precautions will help keep you, your loved ones, and community healthy.”
Monroe Clinic scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 65+
MONROE — Monroe Clinic will begin to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to their community members age 65 and older beginning Jan. 25.
Those 65-plus wanting to schedule a vaccine appointment can call the Monroe Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 608-324-1815. The hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The clinic understands that many people are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and asks for everyone’s patience as they work to quickly and efficiently schedule vaccinations.
Monroe Clinic has been experiencing higher than normal call volumes. If patients receive a busy signal or out of service message, they are asked to try again later. All calls are important to the clinic and its team is diligently working to help all those calling in.
Until and after COVID-19 vaccines are broadly available, the CDC continues to recommend that people take all the necessary precautions to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19:
● Stay home if experiencing symptoms
● Do not gather with others outside immediate household members, but if that is not possible, wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart
● Practice good hand hygiene, washing for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing thoroughly and rinsing completely
Monroe Clinic will continue to follow vaccination eligibility guidelines set by the Department of Health Services. For continued Monroe Clinic COVID-19 updates, please visit www.monroeclinic.org/coronavirus.