La Crosse community COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens to the public

Vaccinators at the UW-L site will administer at least 200 shots a day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- La Crosse County is one step closer to returning to pre-pandemic life.  Two hundred more people received their first COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, at the new community vaccination clinic on the UW-La Crosse campus. 

The race to end the pandemic runs right through La Crosse County, and Melanie Lewis can’t wait to get to the finish line. ”Obviously I want to make sure that I’m good so I’m always beneficial to her,” says Lewis. The grandmother was one of the first to roll up her sleeve on the UWLa Crosse campus, for the La Crosse community COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The second community-based site in all of Wisconsin. 

“Great progress is being made across the state of Wisconsin”, says Governor Tony Evers. Evers toured the clinic before it opened  and says Wisconsin leads the nation in using the vaccine it gets from the federal government. 1-million Wisconsinites have received at least one dose. “We’re taking about making sure people are safe and our healthy,” says the governor. 

Vaccinators at the La Crosse clinic will work  five days a week to quickly get more shots in arms. “Today we’re going to do about 200 vaccinations starting out our first day. We’re going to ramp it up to about a1,000 a day, next week,” says UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson.

 The La Crosse County Health Department is coordinating appointments; giving priority to people 65 and older. The Governor is hopeful everyone who wants the vaccine will get it soon. “The good news is the light is at the end of the tunnel. We can see it. I can see it,” says Evers.

Melanie is one of the lucky ones.  I feel good in the sense I got it done,” says Lewis. One step closer to putting the pandemic in her rear-view mirror.  

The number of vaccinations administered each day will depend on the amount of vaccine Wisconsin receives from the federal government. The La Crosse community clinic is open Tuesday through Saturday. People in the 65+ age group who have not heard from La Crosse County by March 9 should call 608-785-6240 or register online at vaccinate.wi.gov/.