Updated: February 18, 2021 05:31 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 02:42 PM
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the launch of a new online service to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine which is expected to open on March 1.
According to a press release, DHS explains this will help connect people with available vaccine and let them know where and when they can get vaccinated. It will also let them schedule an appointment online.
DHS said the registry will be used by those who opt in. DHS clarified in the news release that the registry will not be a comprehensive resource for all vaccination options, since health care systems, pharmacies, and local health departments may already have their own registration and scheduling methods.
“This registry will be vital in our effort to get all Wisconsinites access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in the news release. “It will make it easier for the public to get vaccinated, and assist vaccinators in tracking available supply. It is important to remember that the vaccine supply in Wisconsin is extremely limited and that most people will not be able to get appointments to be vaccinated right away.”
The vaccine registry will require people to answer questions to determine if they are eligible. DHS explained if people are not eligible, or if no appointments are currently available, they will be placed on a waiting list. DHS also said appointments can only be made through this system in communities with vaccinators who are using the vaccine registry.
The registry can also send reminders to those already vaccinated to make sure they get their second vaccine dose and help them monitor side effects after they get the vaccine.
Wisconsin Health Briefing for February 18
Those without internet access or who need help using the registry will be able to get in touch with a call center.
A small group of local health departments will be testing the software during the week of Feb. 22 to make sure it works. This includes:
-Central Racine County Health Department
-City of Menasha Health Department
-City of Wauwatosa Health Department
-Green County Public Health
-Marathon County Health Department
-Oneida County Public Health Department
-Public Health Madison and Dane County
-Rock County Public Health
-St. Croix County Public Health
-Waukesha County Public Health
DHS said Beginning March 1, the software will be rolled out in increments to the participating health departments. By April 1, DHS said they expect the registry to be available to all interested vaccinators in the state.
The registry uses software from Microsoft for vaccination registration and administration. Wisconsin is one of several states that will be using Microsoft’s software for a vaccine registry system.
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