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La Crosse County begins screening for next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

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While frontline workers, people 65 and older and others continue to be vaccinated across Wisconsin, La Crosse County is beginning to screen the next phase.

Multiple groups could become eligible beginning March 1, and the county’s health department would like people to fill out this form (click here) to be contacted when they’re eligible.

CURRENTLY: The State of Wisconsin allows vaccinators in Wisconsin to vaccinate the following populations:

  • Frontline healthcare workers  (Please note: the definition of “frontline healthcare worker” is defined by the state of Wisconsin to include some professions outside of providers; please check the full list here)
  • Residents (and staff) of longterm care facilities
  • Individuals 65 and older
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, correctional facility personnel, probation and parole officers, and DNR wardens

COMING SOON: The next phase of eligible individuals will tentatively being on March 1, 2021 (subject to change with input from State DHS). Eligible categories include:

  • Individuals who work in one of the following settings:
    • Educators and child care providers
      • All staff in regulated child care, public and private school programs, out-of-school time programs, virtual learning support, and community learning center programs.
      • All staff in Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.
      • All staff in preschool and Head Start through K-12 education settings.
      • Faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact.
    • 911 providers
    • Utility and communication providers
      • Specifically, workers who cannot socially distance and are responsible for the fundamental processes and facilities that ensure electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services are built, maintained, generated, distributed, and delivered to customers)
    • Public transit
      • Defined as drivers who have frequent close contact with members of the public, limited to: public and commercial intercity bus transportation services, municipal public transit services, those employed by specialized transit services for seniors, disabled persons, and low-income persons; does not include individuals in ride share or those providing services like Uber)
    • Food Supply Chain
      • Agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees.
      • Critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians.
      • Food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.
      • Retail food workers, such as employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that also sell groceries.
      • Hunger relief personnel, including people involved in charitable food distribution, community food and housing providers, social services employees who are involved in food distribution, and emergency relief workers.
    • Non-frontline essential health care personnel : staff members who are not involved in direct patient care but are essential for health system infrastructure; they are often affiliated with hospitals, but non-hospital employee non-frontline employees are also included.
      • Public health
      • Emergency management
      • Cyber security
      • Health care critical supply chain functions, including the production, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccine
      • Support roles, such as cleaning, HVAC, and refrigeration, critical to health system function
    • Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
      • Members of Family Care and Family Care Partnership and participants in IRIS : Family Care members and IRIS participants often have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
      • Participants in Wisconsin’s Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver and Katie Beckett programs  are likewise eligible if they meet age requirements for the vaccine.
    • Congregate Living Facility Staff and Residents: Individuals who live or work in congregate settings such as the following and who do NOT have the ability to work with the pharmacy partnership program
      • Employer-based housing : Housing provided by an employer for three or more unrelated individuals that share bedrooms.
      • Housing serving the elderly or people with disabilities : Residents of housing that meets the definitions of an adult family home, independent living apartments, community-based residential facility, residential care complex, state center for the disabled, mental health institute, and county-based center for the disabled
      • Shelters : Shelter provided to those who are homeless and/or in need of protection (for example, domestic violence shelters).
      • Transitional housing : A project that is designed to provide housing and appropriate supportive services to homeless persons to facilitate movement to independent living when such facilities include shared bedrooms.
      • Incarcerated individuals : Individuals in jails, prisons, and mental health institutes.

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