COVID-19 Vaccine

A bottle of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is seen on a table Wednesday in Topeka, Kan.

WASHBURN COUNTY– The Washburn County Health Department is holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics starting the week of January 25, with 400 doses allotted by the state for this week’s clinics.

Appointment slots for 240 online appointments and 60 by phone were filled within about seven minutes of registration opening at 8 a.m. One hundred doses were set aside for a vaccination clinic this week for firefighters and law enforcement.

Only eligible groups, as determined by the state, could be vaccinated. Groups eligible for vaccination as of Monday, Jan. 25, include:

> 1A – Frontline health care workers.

> 1A – Long-term care residents.

> 1B – Police and fire personnel.

> 1B – Adults 65 years and older.

Appointments are required for vaccination, and online registration is strongly encouraged. Registration had begun at 8 a.m. on Monday at https://www.washburncodisaster.org/covid-19, with people unable to register online able to call the Washburn County Health Department at 715.635.4400 for help scheduling an appointment.

No wait list is being taken for future clinics. Those clinics will use the same registration instructions, opening at 8 a.m. on the Monday of that week’s clinic(s).

Face masks will be required at all Washburn County Health Department vaccine clinics. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days cannot attend.

Anyone with a history of serious allergic reaction (hives, swelling of the tongue and lips, difficulty breathing) or who has ever had an allergic reaction to polysorbate or polyethylene glycol should contact their primary care provider about vaccination.

The Washburn County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics will be held at the Washburn County Annex Building in Spooner, the former location of the University of Wisconsin -Extension and the Aging and Disability Resources Center offices.

Vaccination will take time. Washburn County businesses and residents should continue taking the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the health department said:

> Avoid social gatherings with anyone other than people who live in your home, as much as possible.

> Avoid large gatherings.

> Physically distance at least 6 feet from people who do not live together.

> Use face masks or coverings when in public places.

> Frequently wash hands with soap and water, or sanitize with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

> If experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/symptoms.htm), isolate yourself as much as possible and get tested. Call your hospital or medical provider before visiting in-person.

• Businesses should follow the WEDC’s guidelines for reopening (https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/).

Visit https://www.co.washburn.wi.us/news/public-health/Coronavirus-Outbreak for general COVID-19 information. Visit https://www.co.washburn.wi.us/news/public-health/COVID-19-Vaccine for more information about COVID-19 Vaccine.

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