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County launches virtual COVID-19 vaccine tool
KENOSHA COUNTY

County launches virtual COVID-19 vaccine tool

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Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray. Individuals and organizations that fall within Tiers 1a and 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule are now urged to fill out an online form to connect them with a vaccine provider, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said Thursday.

A vaccine registration tool has been created to link Kenosha County residents and entities with local COVID-19 vaccine providers.

Individuals and organizations that fall within Tiers 1a and 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule are now urged to fill out an online form to connect them with a vaccine provider, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said Thursday.

The Kenosha County form is available online at http://bit.ly/KCTier1a1b.

Tier 1a — the only group currently eligible to receive the vaccine — includes frontline health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents and, as of this week, law enforcement officers and firefighters.

It has not been announced by the state of Wisconsin when those in Tier 1b will be eligible for the vaccine. Tier 1b is likely to include all individuals age 65 and older, plus frontline essential workers such as corrections officers, and workers in the food and agricultural sectors, grocery stores, the U.S. Postal Service, manufacturing, public transit, education (teachers and support staff members) and child care.

Freiheit noted that the tier structures are subject to change pending State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) guidance.

“While we have had some Tier 1a providers contact us at the Division of Health, we know that there are many more out there — home health care workers, for example — that are still in search of the vaccine,” Freiheit said. “We want to help link Tier 1a workers and organizations with vaccine providers, because the faster we can vaccinate that population, the sooner we’ll be allowed to move on to Tier 1b and the subsequent stages of the vaccination plan.

“Meantime, we’d like to get contact information for those in Tier 1b so we can get information to them when it is their turn to be vaccinated.”

The Kenosha County Division of Health is following the phase recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and SDMAC. Freiheit said Kenosha County will be able to move on to Tier 1b when directed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, when the majority of those in Tier 1a across the state are vaccinated.

“While we do not yet know when we will be authorized to move on to Tier 1b, Tier 1c and, ultimately, the general public, we look forward to sharing that information as soon as it becomes available,” Freiheit said.

A full list of tiers detailing who is allowed to receive vaccination at this time and other vaccination information is available on the Kenosha County COVID-19 Hub website, at http://bit.ly/KCCOVIDHub.

As vaccine distribution continues, Freiheit said it remains important to continue important precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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