With limited vaccine appointments, health leaders encourage Wisconsinites to check all options

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Millions of Wisconsinites became eligible for the vaccine Monday but that didn’t automatically increase the number of appointments available.

Health care systems are still at the mercy of the government for supply, making it difficult to keep up with demand.

Which means you, or someone you may know is probably refreshing the web browser or calling over and over to schedule an appointment.

Mayo Clinic health officials said Tuesday they know it’s frustrating – but don’t give up, you will be able to get your shot.

They are encouraging people to look at all the vaccination options in our area.

“Just because you get a vaccine someplace that’s not right at your medical center that you usually go to, it really doesn’t make a difference because it’s the same vaccine. So they should, wherever they’re offered one first, should take the vaccine,” said Erin Morcomb, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System.

Morcomb said it’s also important to be aware that there can be some flu-like side effects for 12 to 24 hours after getting the shot – which means your immune system is responding to the vaccine.

Besides Gundersen and Mayo, vaccines are also available at the UWL community vaccination site, Walgreens, and Walmart.