SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — Though an official plan has not been released by the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health, their website links back to the Wisconsin Department of Health Service's vaccination plan.
Similarly to how nearly every other state is planning to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, the Wisconsin plan begins with health care workers.
The plan, which can be found in its entirety here, details the following breakdown:
- Phase 1A: Health care workers
- Phase 1B: Residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities; essential workers; those aged 65 years or older
The state health department revealed on Monday that it is expecting nearly 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the initial phase in the next couple of weeks. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second dosage three to four weeks following the first.
Who will provide the vaccines?
The entities will be paired with vaccinating pharmacies, who will provide on-site vaccination to residents of healthcare facilities. According to the plan, "pharmacies and health care entities" will play "significant roles in ensuring the population is vaccinated."
In the county, both the CVS and Walgreens in Sheboygan have been conducting COVID-19 testing.
"All registered and approved providers will be sent communications about which priority groups are eligible for vaccination, and will be required to fill out a survey to indicate which priority groups they will be vaccinating, how many doses they will need and if they are ordering vaccine to vaccinate another entity," the plan states.
How is the number of vaccines determined locally?
The vaccine requests for the priority groups will be shared with local public health jurisdictions to review and compare to data collected to indicate if any Phase 1 providers are missing.
"In brief, the ordering process is as follows: a request for vaccine, including type and number of doses, along with current inventory, is entered by the provider into the ordering module within WIR," the plan details. "This information is reviewed by state staff, and approved, denied or adjusted, as appropriate, in accordance with the available allocation from CDC. Providers can be notified of the status of the order (e.g., number of doses) by email or by looking in the WIR."