Beginning Monday, January 25, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced adults age 65 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Stoughton Health will be hosting community vaccine clinics as the vaccine becomes available. Please check our website and Facebook page for vaccine clinic information. Anyone interested in receiving the vaccine from Stoughton Health can sign up on a waiting list at stoughtonhealth.com. We will contact those eligible to receive the vaccine to schedule an appointment.
It is important to remember that there are hundreds of thousands of people eligible in this current vaccination phase and our ability to vaccinate depends on vaccine supplies. Please be patient as we proactively work to offer vaccinations as efficiently as possible. In the meantime, we ask that you please refrain from calling Stoughton Health. Our phone lines need to remain open for patients who are experiencing active symptoms or have acute care needs.
Current vaccination efforts are focused on frontline health care workers, long-term care residents, and first responders like Police and Fire Departments. Stoughton Health is actively taking part in the vaccination of frontline health care workers and first responders. We began offering vaccine to health care workers not employed by Stoughton Health and who otherwise did not have direct access to the vaccine through another group in early January.
Other frontline essential workers will soon follow, once approved for vaccination by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. You can find more information on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is keeping Wisconsinites informed about vaccine updates with a weekly newsletter. Sign up for this free resource through their website.
While waiting to receive your vaccine, please continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself and others from spreading illness: wear a mask, maintain social distance, practice frequent hand washing, do not gather with people you do not live with, and stay home when you are sick. Once you receive the vaccine, these efforts continue to be important.