Vaccine eligibility for all 16+ begins in Wisconsin, Michigan

Vaccine eligibility for all 16+ begins in Wisconsin, Michigan Photo: Glenn Kellahan/WDIO-TV, file

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Created: April 05, 2021 11:59 AM

Everyone age 16 and over in Wisconsin and Michigan is now in eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, joining the expansion already in effect in Minnesota.

The expansion took effect March 29 in Minnesota and April 5 and Wisconsin and Michigan.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services cautioned that the demand for vaccine is still larger than the supply.

"It will take patience, but we encourage everyone to get vaccinated," DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in a news release.

State officials in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan are all asking vaccine providers to prioritize people in high risk groups to receive the vaccine.

Michigan continues to confront a surging case rate that was highest in the U.S. over the last two weeks. Some schools are suspending in-person learning when instruction resumes next week after spring break.

Vaccines are being scheduled in a variety of ways. People can try to schedule appointments through medical providers, some private pharmacies, county health departments, state-run hotlines, and state websites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Links to state websites to find COVID vaccines:

State COVID-19 hotlines for people without internet access:

  • Minnesota: 1-833-431-2053, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wisconsin: 1-844-684-1064
  • Michigan: 1-888-535-6136 (press 1), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call 211.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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