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Update on COVID-19 vaccinations in La Crosse County

More residents became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Rachel King, a Health Educator for La Crosse County, shared who is eligible and possible side effects.

Tracy Ballzer

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FILE - In this Friday, March 19, 2021 file photo Medical staff members administer the AstraZeneca vaccine at La Nuvola (The Cloud) convention center that was temporarily turned into a COVID-19 vaccination hub, in Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

This week, even more residents became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rachel King, a Health Educator with the La Crosse County Health Department, said the next group of eligible people opened up Monday.

Now, individuals 16 and older with certain medical conditions that have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19 will be eligible.

You can check your eligibility here.

The new vaccination clinic at the UW-La Crosse Cleary Alumni Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

King said they’re doing 200 or more vaccines per day at this site right now.

To get vaccinated, you will need an appointment. To register and schedule an appointment, click here.

Otherwise, you can call the health department at 608-785-6240 or the state call center 1-844-684-1064. (toll free).

Other vaccine options are also available. Check the La Crosse County Health Department’s website to see the most up to date information.

When asked about people who are hesitant to get the vaccine, King said they understand the concerns but the likelihood of severe side effects are less than .5 percent.

The majority of people only experience mild side effects that King said are normal signs of your body is building protection against the virus. Most go away in a few days and can include soreness at the injection site, chills or headache.

“All of the vaccines that are out right now are safe and effective for helping to decrease disease,” King said, “and bring down the severity of the disease for anybody that does get the vaccine.”

Rachel King, Health Educator with the La Crosse County Health Department

She also mentioned that the vaccine is not only going to help keep you safe but also help keep your family safe.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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