The healing has begun!
The end of this pandemic and the suffering and hardships of millions are now in sight thanks to vaccines now available across our country and here in southwest Wisconsin.
At other times in our nation’s remarkable history, we came together to fight and win. This moment is one of those times. Each of us must now do our parts to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Get vaccinated, wear your mask, continue social distancing, and we will all be able to return to our lives, our families, our jobs and businesses, and our good health.
Consult your family’s healthcare provider if you feel you have a condition you feel may preclude you from getting vaccinated. The rest of us have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of a life-saving solution for our entire planet!
Vaccine details change quickly. This page will be updated frequently. Check here often.
Click below on a button for information about who is able to currently receive the vaccine, vaccine FAQs, why you should get vaccinated, and vaccine facts and myths.
What You Need to Know Right Now
- UPDATE as of Wednesday, January 13: We at Southwest Health received our first shipments of vaccine on December 28. We immediately began vaccinations of front line healthcare workers as recommended by the State of Wisconsin. We have vaccinated frontline staff at Southwest Health and continue vaccinating staff from other healthcare organizations in our area. If you’re in the target group being vaccinated, we invite you to call this dedicated COVID vaccine phone line with questions: 608-342-6280.
- We are not keeping a waiting list for vaccines. As doses become available, we will post here and on our Facebook page who can get vaccinated and how you can get the vaccine through Southwest Health. If you have questions about the established priority vaccine order, click here for CDC info.
- A team of professionals at Southwest Health is working on the vaccine rollout. Please do not call for updates but visit this page instead.
- Both vaccines available are safe and effective. They prevent COVID and are widely proving to have few side effects. Find details here about how the U.S. is ensuring the safety of COVID vaccines.
- V-SAFE is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients following COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also provides second vaccine dose reminders if needed, and telephone follow up to anyone who reports medically significant (important) adverse events.
It’s vital for every one of us to continue using all the tools we know (masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, washing hands, etc.) to stop this pandemic. Vaccines are a key part of this.
We will update this web page as vaccines become available for our communities and as details change. Check here often.