All Wisconsinites age 16 and up to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting April 5

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — All Wisconsinites will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting April 5.

Gov. Tony Evers make the announcement on Twitter at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“We knew all along our COVID-19 vaccination program would be a massive undertaking, and we’re proud Wisconsin is currently leading the country in these efforts and that we’re now able to give all Wisconsinites 16 and older the opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Evers. “This marks a major milestone in our state’s fight against this virus and gets us closer to overcoming this pandemic and bouncing back together. Thank you to all the folks in public health, vaccinators, and staff helping make this possible.”

While everyone will be eligible starting April 5, some areas of the state may have a higher demand for vaccinations and may have waitlists. Vaccine providers will prioritize anyone previously eligible such as public-facing essential workers and people with medical conditions.

There continue to be many options available for getting vaccinated, including through DHS, federal, and local community-based vaccination clinics, pharmacies, healthcare providers, local and tribal health departments, and employers. More information about each of these options is available on the COVID-19 where to get vaccinated page. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for individuals age 16 and 17.

To find a local vaccine provider visit the COVID-19 vaccine provider map or visit https://vaccinefinder.org. Individuals can also call the toll-free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 with questions or help registering for a vaccination appointment. The hotline is also available in Hindi, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

“We have built-up a strong network of vaccine providers across the state. Every community is different, some providers may have openings and others may have waitlists but I assure you that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one in the coming weeks,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to reach 80 percent community immunity in Wisconsin.”

Evers and Department of Health Services officials gave an update Tuesday on the status of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response.

Evers will be joined by Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Traci DeSalvo, Director, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases; and Ryan Nilesestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor. They will answer questions about vaccine allocation, distribution and administration.

 

For more information on the vaccine distribution, visit Your COVID-19 Vaccine HQ.