The West Allis Health Department is working to ensure a unified and coordinated effort to administer COVID-19 vaccine to all people in West Allis and West Milwaukee. It will take time to vaccinate everyone. As the Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to release eligible populations to be vaccinated please keep in mind the eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine does not mean it is currently available
Eligible doesn't always mean available. When it comes to access tp the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important to understand the difference between eligible and available. Eligibility is about who can get vaccinated and when. eligible groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC). Availability is the amount of vaccine supply distributed to vaccinators. Availability of vaccine affects when vaccinators can offer vaccine appointments and how many appointments are offered.
The West Allis Health Department wants to keep the community up-to-date on the latest vaccine information. People who work, live, or study in West Allis & West Milwaukee can sign-up to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine email updates by completing this form. These email updates will be used to communicate when vaccine clinic appointments become available. Once you receive an email with information about available appointments, you will need to click on the included link to register for an appointment.
*Disclaimer: This is NOT a sign up for an appointment to receive the vaccine or to be added to a waitlist. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to receive a vaccine from the West Allis Health Department as vaccine supplies are limited.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for the following groups and individuals:
- Frontline health care personnel
- Residents and staff in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
- Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
- Adults ages 65 and over
Next eligible groups (Tentatively March 1, 2021)
- Education and child care
- Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
- Some public-facing essential workers
- Non-frontline essential health care personnel
- Facility staff and residents in congregate living settings
Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Getting the vaccine is strongly encouraged for most individuals. The COVID-19 vaccines are being made available in phases to assure the highest benefit to the community. Phase 1A will focus primarily on frontline health care workers, residents and workers at long term care facilities and other emergency responders at high risk for infection by coronavirus. This will safeguard the healthcare system and preserve the ability to provide care for those who need it. This initial phase will expand to include other essential workers and people at very high risk for hospitalization or death from COVID-19.
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC’s guidelines for prioritizing the first shipment of vaccines does not include the general population. The vaccine distribution is staged by the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and will be available in phases. The timing of these phases may overlap, and here’s what we can share to date:
Wisconsin is currently in Phase 1A of the distribution plan. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that adults over the age of 65 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 25, 2021. Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and police and fire personnel are eligible. For more information on the Wisconsin COVID-19 Phase Timeline visit: https://www.healthymke.com/vaccine-phases
Have more questions?
Check out the Wisconsin Department of Health Services - COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know webpage for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.
On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.