Local health departments, with the support of area health care systems, have partnered to expand COVID-19 vaccine access for eligible community members. The Fox Cities COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (FCCVC) will be located at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, 355 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI. The site will provide additional resources to support vaccines efforts currently underway in Northeast Wisconsin through partnerships between the multiple health departments, health systems and community organizations.
“As a region we have come together, public and private sectors, to share resources to safely and effectively provide vaccines to our residents,” said Kurt Eggebrecht, Appleton Public Health Officer and FCCVC Incident Commander. “By working together, we can vaccinate a larger number of people in less time, thereby saving lives and reducing the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our region. Our goal is to receive an increased supply of the vaccine from the state over the coming weeks and months, and this clinic can add to the number of community members that will be vaccinated.”
In preparation for the launch, FCCVC organizers are coordinating with care teams to work through the process of scheduling appointments, administration of the vaccine and monitoring patients at the site.
The FCCVC anticipates accepting 1,000 appointments during the first week it is open to the public. Appointments will be restricted to people aged 65 and older until more vaccine supply becomes available. Eligible vaccine recipients can schedule their appointment online at www.foxcitiescovidvaccine.com beginning Friday, January 29.
“This is an important time for collaboration as we vaccinate our community, specifically adults 65 and older as they are our most vulnerable population,” said Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health Officer. “I think of my family members in that age range and vaccinating this population is the most effective way to save lives and prevent additional hospitalizations.”
Clinic organizers explain this site can provide access for community members who may not have a primary care provider through a local health system. They will be following direction from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as to who is eligible to receive the vaccine at this time, which now includes those in Phase 1B. Phase 1B candidates outside of the 65 and older group can expect to receive their vaccines as early as March if more vaccines become available.
Eggebrecht noted that this site is designed to serve as an additional resource for our health systems who are currently offering the vaccine to as many people who meet eligibility criteria at this time. Those who are established patients in a health system are encouraged to follow their primary care provider’s instructions for getting vaccinated.
Previous COVID-19 TESTING operations will relocate to Reid Golf Course (1100 E. Fremont St., Appleton) beginning Monday, February 1. Appleton testing information can be found at www.appleton.org/covid-19-testing.
Ascension Wisconsin Patients
In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) guidelines, several Ascension Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination clinics have expanded access to include Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin (AMG-WI) patients age 65 and older. AMG-WI has been and will continue to contact eligible patients in the coming weeks by text, email and phone to schedule appointments. Please do not call Ascension Wisconsin hospitals or clinics regarding vaccinations. No walk-in vaccinations are available at this time. Thank you for your patience as we work to safely vaccinate as many individuals as possible. For more information please visit: https://healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19/covid-vaccine.
At this time, ThedaCare is asking that patients do not call their health care providers to schedule a vaccination, and there are no wait lists for the vaccine. ThedaCare will manage COVID-19 vaccine scheduling for people in Phase 1B, who are 65 years and older, primarily through MyThedaCare/My Chart. This process ensures a single channel of coordination of the vaccine and that the vaccine becomes part of patients’ electronic medical records. Once individuals have created a MyThedaCare account, those who meet criteria will receive specific details on how and when to schedule vaccine appointments.
The health system is asking community members to follow these four simple steps to create a MyThedaCare account if they do not yet have one:
The Fox Cities COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is a partnership between the current local health departments and health care systems. If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact Kurt Eggebrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org.