The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this week that it will that it will begin vaccinating people ages 65 as it moves into Phase 1B of its inoculation plan.
Here’s how you can get the vaccine in Milwaukee County:
How to register in Milwaukee
The main way to register for the vaccine in Milwaukee County is through HealthyMKE.com.
Using this site, you can register for text and email updates from vaccinators around Milwaukee about availability for the vaccine and then set up an appointment.
To do this, visit HealthyMKE.com/phase-alerts and hit “Click Here To Register.” Then, submit your personal information to receive updates on vaccines.
What happens next?
Registering is just the first step in the process. After you’ve signed up for alerts, be on the lookout for messages from vaccine providers in the area, such as health systems, clinics or pharmacies.
Residents should now be able to begin scheduling appointments.
Are there other ways to register?
The city plans to have a hotline that people can call for vaccination services. The hotline is still being set up and isn’t operational yet.
An important note
There are roughly 700,000 people over the age of 65 in Wisconsin, and the Department of Health Services has received only 70,000 doses of vaccine so far.
Health officials say they expect the rollout to get faster, but it may take a week or two to get rolling. They’re urging patience among the 65-plus population.
“People will get their vaccine,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of the Department of Health Services during a media briefing. “Not tomorrow, but sometime in the next month or two.”
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