MADISON — Gov. Evers and the Division of Well being Companies (DHS) introduced Tuesday, March 16 that people age 16 and older with sure medical situations might be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 22, which is sooner than beforehand anticipated.
This eligibility group contains people with medical situations related to an elevated danger of extreme sickness from COVID-19.
“Our vaccinators throughout the state are doing nice work to get people vaccinated and get this achieved, and due to their good work, Wisconsin continues to be a nationwide chief in getting photographs in arms,” stated Gov. Evers. “Shifting up eligibility for this vital group will assist us recover from the end line and sooner, and get us again to our Wisconsin lifestyle.”
The subsequent eligibility group which is able to start March 22, 2021 contains people age 16 and over with the next medical situations:
•Bronchial asthma (moderate-to-severe)
•Cerebrovascular illness (impacts blood vessels and blood provide to the mind)
•Persistent kidney illness
•COPD (persistent obstructive pulmonary illness)
•Coronary heart situations, corresponding to coronary heart failure, coronary artery illness, or cardiomyopathies
•Hypertension or hypertension
•Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from strong organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of different immune weakening medicines
•Neurologic situations, corresponding to mental disabilities and dementia
•Weight problems (physique mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
•Chubby (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
•Pulmonary fibrosis (having broken or scarred lung tissues)
•Extreme Weight problems (BMI 40 kg/m2 or extra)
•Sickle cell illness
•Thalassemia (a kind of blood dysfunction)
Present Eligibility Contains
•Frontline well being care personnel
•Residents and workers in expert nursing and assisted residing services
•Police and hearth personnel, correctional workers
•Age 65 and older
•Educators and Little one care
•People enrolled in Medicaid Lengthy-term care applications
•Some public going through important staff
•Non-frontline important well being care personnel
•Employees and residents in congregate residing services
In response to a information launch, relying on vaccine provide, DHS nonetheless anticipates that Wisconsin will be capable of broaden eligibility Might 1 to incorporate all people age 16 and older. DHS will proceed to watch vaccination protection statewide and accomplice with vaccine suppliers with the intention to present an up to date vaccination timeline for most of the people.
People with the outlined medical situations can entry vaccine by quite a lot of choices, together with community-based clinics, well being care suppliers, Native and Tribal Well being Departments, and pharmacies. Wisconsinites with a major care supplier could hear straight from their supplier. Go to the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine choices web page or name the toll free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 to study extra.