COVID-19 Vaccine Information
We all want to go back to living “normal lives”- whatever that may be post-pandemic. That is why Wisconsin is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to residents as equitably, quickly, and safely as possible. Currently, vaccine supply is limited and the vaccines are being offered to healthcare providers and long-term care residents. As vaccine supply increases, recommendations for who can get vaccinated will change. The recommendations and vaccine availability will be communicated to you through State media briefings, press releases, our web site, and social media. There is no need to call to get on a "list" or do anything at this point in time. (1/8/21).
The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) vaccine subcommittee has posted recommendations for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for Covid-19 Vaccine priority group 1b. You can find that document at SDMAC recommendations for Vaccine Priority Group 1b. Any public comment can be sent to DHSSDMAC@dhs.wisconsin.gov. Please include “vaccine subcommittee” and “Phase 1B” in the email subject line. The public comment period will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021. At this time we cannot schedule group 1b. Please continue to monitor media sites, state media briefings, press releases and social media for updates.
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today a newsletter the public can sign up for to get direct information about the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout. Every Friday, a COVID-19 update newsletter will be sent via email to people who sign up to receive it. To register click on Covid-19 Response and Vaccine Progress is now open, and archived copies of the weekly newsletter will also be available.
Vaccines take a very small inactive part of a virus, like COVID-19, and teach your body how to respond before you come in contact with the virus in real life. The current vaccines available will need two doses for full protection and it will take several weeks for the body to build full immunity (protection). Think of it like a training course for your immune system. For some people, this may be the first vaccine you will have received in a while- maybe since childhood- so you need to know that the vaccine will likely cause you to have a sore arm and potentially a fever. This is a normal part of getting vaccinated and means your immune system is learning what to do.
Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice good pandemic behavior while we build community immunity (when enough people in a population are vaccinated so that the virus can no longer spread, also called “herd immunity”). Community immunity will take months to reach and to make it easier for the vaccine to do its job in the future, we need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 today. We must continue to wear a mask, physically distance, and practice good hand hygiene. For up-to-date information regarding the vaccine, visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm
COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
Wisconsin has released a new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts of people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. The app/setting is completely voluntary, but the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. Once activated, your phone exchanges anonymous signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes. If somebody who has the app/setting enabled tests positive, they can then send an anonymous alert using the app to those other phones. For more information, visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/notification.htm
Have a question about your COVID-19 test results?
1. Contact your healthcare provider if you were tested within a healthcare system
2. If you were tested at a public testing site and have not received your test results in 5 days, you may call the COVID-19 test results hotline at 1-866-419-6988 during regularly scheduled hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Looking for somewhere to get tested?
- Visit your healthcare provider's web site for information
- Visit testupmke.com to take a self-assessment, find out where to get tested, or get information.
Testing for COVID-19 is also one of several key strategies in this pandemic. By utilizing the strategies together, they can help us suppress the virus. If you are feeling sick, even mild cold symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important that you get tested. There are a few types of COVID-19 tests available and these tests are available at community testing sites, hospitals and health centers, and some pharmacies. To see what testing options are available in our area, call your healthcare provider or visit testupmke.com.
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We still have Free Flu Vaccines for Children and Adults (12/4/2020)
Flu Season 2020-2021
Despite being in the middle of a pandemic this year, the Greendale Health Department is committed to continuing to offer free flu vaccines for children and at-cost flu vaccines for adults during this flu season. Appointments available at the Greendale Health Department. Please call 414-423-2110 to schedule an appointment.
Getting a flu vaccine can be an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. This year, flu vaccination is very important because it can reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community. By reducing the severity and impact of influenza, we hope to lessen the amount of preventable medical visits and hospitalizations. In turn, this will lessen the burden on the healthcare system and allow for resources to be used to fight COVID-19. This year, additional infection prevention strategies will be implemented during flu vaccination season.
Under the order, everyone age 5 and older must wear a face covering when indoors or in any enclosed space open to the public, including outdoor bars and restaurants, public transit and outdoor park structures. Face coverings are recommended in all other settings where people may come in contact with others, including outdoors when maintaining physical distance is not possible.