High-Risk groups taking the vaccine

Individuals with auto-immune diseases or other previous health conditions will soon be among those able to get the vaccine.
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LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – With more people in Wisconsin becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, health officials want to explain what this could mean for high-risk groups.

There are many people with underlying health conditions who were not eligible to receive the vaccine before.

Individuals with auto-immune diseases or other previous health conditions will soon be among those able to get the vaccine.

People who fall into those high-risk groups should be in contact with their healthcare provider about whether or not the vaccine is safe.

“You know I think for the vast majority of these people, the risk of getting infected and having a bad outcome, far outweighs any risk any side effects from the vaccines. But there are a small group of people where, those side effects may complicate things, or may set something off. So I think in general the recommendation is for those people to have close contact with their providers and just talk to them about whatever risks there may be in getting vaccinated,” said Dr. James Conwway, the Immunization Medical Director at UW Health.

Be sure to contact your medical provider if you have any questions.