No walk-ins. La Crosse County residents need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)-More clinics and pharmacies are offering the COVID-19 vaccine, but getting a shot is still just as challenging; especially for people who do not have internet access. 

You need to have an appointment, whether you get your vaccine through your doctor, the new community site at UWL, or at a local pharmacy. The La Crosse County Health Department tracks vaccine availability and posts both registration links and phone numbers on it’s website. 

Vaccinators are giving priority to people 65 and older. Those are the only people getting appointments at the community site on the UW-La Crosse campus. If you are part of that group and haven’t been contacted for an appointment, you need to make a call. “If there are La Crosse County residents and they haven’t heard from us (the state or county) yet and they are over 65 and interested in a vaccine, we ask they give the state call center a ring and ask to be listed for an appointment at the site.”, says public information officer Maggie Smith.

Gundersen Health System is doing a lot of community outreach contacting patients through its “My Care” online portal. Staff are also calling elderly patients without internet access. “Every week have a dedicated day where we know we have a certain number of slots and we are specifically making phone calls to our patients to make that appointment with them.”, says Gundersen vaccine clinic administrator Roxanne Potts.

Four La Crosse area Walgreens pharmacies get vaccine through a Federal partnership and are also vaccinating people 65 and older.  To make an appointment there, you can go online or call 1-800-walgreens. 

Health experts say it doesn’t matter where you get your vaccine or which shot you get, just as long as you get vaccinated. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now has a statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. This registry can be filled out by anyone wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Only those that are currently eligible will be contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment. 

 You can also call the new DHS COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Hotline: 1-844-684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance related to vaccinate.wi.gov or other vaccine-related questions. 

 The La Crosse County call center is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00. Call 608-785-6240.