Adults 65 and Older Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
APPLETON, Wis. – ThedaCare is celebrating a milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, January 22, 2021, team members vaccinated the first patients who were eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced adults over the age of 65, in addition to some other groups still being determined, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, January 25. DHS also stated that “vaccinating entities with any vaccine on hand can begin to vaccinate this population prior to January 25 if they have concluded the previously eligible populations.”
Health systems across Wisconsin are working through the logistics to provide vaccines for those who will be eligible in the 1B phase. The amount of vaccine health systems receive from the federal and state government will determine how quickly we can vaccinate these groups of people, according to DHS.
“While our state receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week, there are approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older, including roughly 120,000 in our region,” explained Mark Cockley, MD, ThedaCare Chief Clinical Officer and President of Clinically Integrated Network. “It’s important to remember that this is going to take time. We are awaiting our supply from the state and appreciate the community’s patience as we work through coordinating vaccines for the 1B group. Our goal is to ensure a smooth, easy process for all who choose to receive their vaccine.”
ThedaCare looks forward to administering the vaccine to people throughout the communities we serve. We understand that older adults are more likely to experience severe illness from COVID-19.
“Prioritizing this population will help protect more people from serious illness and death,” said Dr. Cockley. “We will seek to prioritize vaccine access for this group of those individuals most at risk, people over 65 and others to be designated in the Phase 1B beginning with people of higher risk.”
More than 45 patients received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Encircle Health on Friday.
ThedaCare will manage COVID-19 vaccine scheduling for people in Phase 1B 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.
We’re asking community members to follow these four simple steps to create a MyThedaCare account if they do not yet have one:
- Visit ThedaCare.org
- Click “MyThedaCare” at the top of the page
- Click “Sign Up Now”
- Follow the prompts
ThedaCare will have multiple sites providing the vaccine, with plans to open more in the weeks to come. People receiving the vaccine from ThedaCare are able to choose the location that is the most convenient for them, keeping in mind the second dose must be administered at the same location as the first as the state will only ship doses to the original location of immunization.
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. However, as with all health issues, patients are encouraged to contact their provider to discuss their decision. We understand that support of vaccination plans will require timely and accurate information to be readily available. We remain committed to sharing information regularly as we learn more. Please visit the following channels for continued updates:
For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to improving the health of the communities it serves in northeast and central Wisconsin. The organization delivers care to more than 600,000 residents in 17 counties and employs approximately 7,000 health care professionals. ThedaCare has 180 points of care, including seven hospitals. As an organization committed to being a leader in Population Health, team members are dedicated to empowering people to live their best lives through easy access to individualized care, supporting each person’s own health and wellbeing. ThedaCare also partners with communities to understand unique needs, finding solutions together, and encouraging health awareness and action. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a not-for-profit health system with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs, as well as primary care.
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