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March 4, 2021

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Patience needed with COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Iowa County-The Iowa County Health Department (ICHD), Iowa County Emergency Management (ICEM), and public safety agencies continue efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who meet the criteria for Phase 1A. Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), corrections officers, and fire personnel are still being vaccinated in Iowa County, Debbie Siegenthaler, ICHD director, said last Friday.
"We understand people are eager to get immunized and have questions about when they will be able to do so. Patience is the primary need at this time, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released that adults over the age of 65 will be eligible to receive vaccinations starting January 25. ICHD, ICEM, area hospitals, healthcare providers, and pharmacies are preparing for the next phases of COVID-19 vaccinations," Siegenthaler said.
Locally, ICHD and Upland Hills Health (UHH) plan to begin vaccinations for 65+ after January 25. "This is subject to vaccine availability. Vaccine quantities are limited. Expect your appointment to be scheduled at a future date as we work to vaccinate our populations as quickly as we have vaccines to do so. Once again, we ask for your patience and understanding in this process. Our goal is to ensure everyone in Iowa County is vaccinated as soon as possible," Siegenthaler emphasized.
If you are 65 or older and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, see the following helpful information and links. If you have a local healthcare provider, visit your provider's website for more instructions. See the websites to a few of the most common providers in the area:
UHH: Add your name and contact information to https://uplandhillshealth.org/patient-visitors/covid-19/.
Group Health Cooperative (GHC): See https://ghcscw.com/covid19-vaccine-information.
SSM Health: See https://www.ssmhealth.com/newsroom/2021/1/covid-19-vaccine-rollout-in-wisconsin.
UnityPoint Health (UPH): See https://www.unitypoint.org/madison/covid-19-vaccine.aspx.
University Health Services (UHS): See https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/medical/covid19vaccine/.
UW Health (UWH): See https://coronavirus.uwhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.
If you do not have a healthcare provider, ICHD will be able to vaccinate you or match you with a vaccinator. Email ICHD at healthinfo@iowacounty.org or call 608-930-9870.
"In addition, ICHD encourages the public to sign up for the Iowa County WI Alert system to receive vaccination information when it becomes available. As the DHS makes the vaccines available to different groups of people, we will send out notifications that will explain how to get vaccinated. Please sign up for Iowa County Emergency Alerts at https://www.smart911.com/smart911/login.action. While signing up you will have additional choices for non-emergency alerts, weather alerts, etc.," Siegenthaler said.





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