DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: March 12, 2021


Vaccine Eligibility Announcement

On March 11, DHS announced that individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 29. This eligibility group includes individuals with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Based on the recent and anticipated increases in vaccine availability, DHS anticipates the general public will be eligible for the vaccine on May 1.

The next eligibility group includes individuals age 16 and older with the following medical conditions:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Liver disease
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
  • Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
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New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning it has been two weeks or longer since they have finished their vaccine series, can engage in some social situations. These include:

  • Visiting with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household who are all at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Not having to quarantine and test following a known exposure, if not experiencing symptoms. 

It continues to be important that fully vaccinated people follow public health best practices in public spaces. This includes wearing a mask and physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people should also continue these practices when visiting unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

Community-Based Vaccination Clinic in Racine County Opens March 23

Gov. Tony Evers and DHS announced today that the community-based vaccination clinic in Racine County will open March 23. The Racine County site will be the third DHS community-based vaccination clinic in Wisconsin.

Today's Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data about Wisconsin's vaccination effort. DHS updates the allocated, ordered, and in transit numbers every Tuesday, and the administered number is updated every weekday at 2 p.m.

  • Allocated: 2,140,265 doses
  • Ordered: 1,689,505 doses
  • In transit: 215,300 doses
  • Administered: 1,895,402 doses

Note: “Allocated” is the total number of all COVID-19 vaccine doses made available to Wisconsin by the federal government but may not be available to order because they include doses allocated for the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.

COVID-19 by the Numbers

Check out our COVID-19 data pages after 2 p.m. to get the latest details about the impact of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Who is eligible for the vaccine

Resources for Wisconsinites Eligible to Get the Vaccine

If you are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine and need to learn more, the following resources are available on the DHS website:

COVID-19 Resources

Resilient Wisconsin we will get through this together

Resilient Wisconsin

We all experience ups and downs in life. Feelings of loss or uncertainty. A serious health or relationship problem. Stress at work or harmful substance use in the home. Even natural disasters and large-scale emergencies, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

These resilience-building practices can help you learn to adapt and recover in the face of adversity.

  • Prioritize healthy relationships: Build a supportive network of people who care about you and spend quality time (even if virtually) with them.
  • Take care of your body: It’s easier to maintain mental and emotional balance when you feel healthy. Make an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise three or more times a week.
  • Avoid negative outlets: Look for healthy ways to process difficult emotions. Trying to escape these emotions through harmful substance use will create more stress. 
  • Be proactive: We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can take charge of our response. Break problems into manageable tasks and move forward.
  • Practice self-awareness: When stressful events occur, it’s important to take a step back and reflect before we react. It helps to understand where your emotions are coming from before you share them.
  • Learn from the past: Recognize who or what was helpful (or unhelpful) the last time you were in a stressful situation. Remembering other challenges you’ve overcome can help.
  • Ask for help when you need it: Reaching out to family or friends, a health care professional, or a community resource isn’t easy, but knowing how to accept help is a sign of strength.
Communicating in other languages

Other Languages, Graphics, and Print Materials

DHS materials are available in multiple languages as electronic files you can view online or download and print. You can use these materials at home or for your business. Visit the DHS website to view what resources are available to you.


If you are feeling ill or if you may have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, visit our testing page to learn the different ways you can get tested.

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