Dodge County Health Officer Updates COVID Vaccine Local Rollout

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Officer gave a recent update on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Abby Sauer says on January 6th, local and eligible health care workers – including local EMS personal – began receiving their first two dose series of the coronavirus vaccination from Dodge County health medical staff. She says the health department enrolled as a COVID-19 vaccinator through a process facilitated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in early December. A shipment of 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine was delivered on January 5th. Only entities deemed eligible through the state health department vaccinator program can order and potentially receive as well as administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The federal Pharmacy Partnership Program administers vaccines to health care workers and residents of skilled nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Sauer says they are currently scheduling vaccinations and follow up second doses for eligible groups without knowing for certain how many doses they will receive each week. She says under the current process, through an order to the state health department, they will not receive conformation of their weekly order until the end of that week. As the weeks progress, Sauer notes vaccine availability will improve making it more realistic for larger groups to get their vaccination. Sauer says it is still likely months away that most residents of Dodge County will be able to get their vaccine. She encourages the public to continue safe practices to limit the spread.