MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin residents can now sign up to be notified when they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released its immunization record page on Wednesday. For those who are already eligible for the vaccine, the registry gives patients a way to sign up for an appointment if one is available where they live. Those who are not yet eligible can sign up to receive a notice when they can sign up for an appointment in their area.
DHS officials said the site will not be a complete list of all vaccination options, considering that local health care systems, pharmacies and health departments may have their own scheduling systems.
Only one vaccinator, the Rock County Community Immunization Clinic, was using the registry at the time of launch.
The Associated Press reported that four other local health departments were testing the registry and could start using it soon. Those were the city of Wauwatosa and the counties of Green, Marathon and Oneida.
Patients can complete a short 5-minute survey that includes questions about demographic information, medical history, and COVID-19 history.
When the site was first announced in mid-February, Gov. Tony Evers said it will be “vital” to the state’s vaccination efforts.
“This registry will be vital in our effort to ensure that all Wisconsin residents have access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Evers said in a statement. “It will make it easier for the public to vaccinate and help vaccinators track the available supply.”
State health officials launched a vaccine locator web page in late February to help people find vaccines in their area. The online tool has information on hundreds of vaccination sites across the state.
As of Wednesday, 928,958 Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of vaccine. That’s about 16% of adults in the state.
More information on vaccination progress in the state is available on the DHS Vaccine Information page.
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