Julia Lions, RN, BSN
Sawyer County Public Health
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that residents over 65 will qualify to receive vaccinations beginning January 25.
The Sawyer County Health Department has been working with local health care providers Essentia, NorthLakes Community Clinic, LCO Community Health Center and Marshfield Clinic to get our residents vaccinated.
Wisconsin receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from the federal government to be distributed to vaccinators throughout the state. Each vaccination site makes a request to the State for vaccine each week. We are not guaranteed the number of doses we request from the State and we will not know how much of the requested amount of vaccine we will receive until Monday. This does make vaccination planning difficult from week to week for locals so we ask for flexibility and patience as we work through this process.
In the meantime, we are all ramping up our vaccination clinics. Due to vaccine availability it will take time to vaccinate everyone. Area clinics will be focused on their highest risk patients. The Health Department will be setting up mass clinics throughout the community which will be available by appointment by calling 715-638-3438.
Groups eligible for vaccination as of Monday, January 25 include:
1A – frontline health care workers
1A – long-term care residents
1B – police and fire personnel
1B – adults 65 years and older
Public Health is seeking additional staff and volunteers to help support our vaccine clinics as vaccine supply increases.
“We need everyone in our community to come together to get this done,” said Sawyer County Health Care Officer Julia Lyons.
To expand community clinics, help is needed with clerical tasks such as staffing phone lines and assisting registrations. Those with medical training, such as nurses, doctors or EMT training, are also needed to assist with immunizations. Anyone interested in helping should email email@example.com with the subject line of Vaccine Volunteer.
Vaccinations in Sawyer County began last month with front line health care workers and high risk elders. To date, 950 health care workers and residents in assisted care have received vaccinations. We are confident that we have vaccinated about 90-95% of those individuals who fall into the 1a Tier.
On January 18, vaccination of Sawyer County police and fire personnel began.
Consult the "Vaccine Distribution" section on the Sawyer County COVID-19 Response page to check for latest county updates. https://sawyer-county-covid-19-response-sawyergis.hub.arcgis.com
Continue to do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following recommended safety measures: minimize your contact with those not in your household and wear masks in public spaces. Masks not only protect the wearer, but protect others from getting the virus from you.