DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: March 26, 2021


People Age 16 and Older with Certain Medical Conditions

On Monday, DHS announced that people age 16 and older with certain medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are eligible for the vaccine. This newly eligible group adds more than 2 million people into the population eligible for the vaccine. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for 16 & 17 year olds

Who is eligible March 26

If you are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the following resources are available:

Gov. Evers Visits UW-Milwaukee Vaccine Site, Signs Senate Bill 13 Allowing Dentists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

On Monday, Gov. Tony Evers signed Senate Bill (SB) 13, now Wisconsin Act 8, while visiting the UW-Milwaukee COVID-19 vaccine site. SB 13 allows dentists to administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines under certain circumstances, including completing an eight-hour course of study and training on vaccine storage, protocols, administration technique, emergency procedures, and record keeping and must have in effect liability insurance meeting certain requirements. 

New COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Data

On Tuesday, DHS launched a redesign of the vaccine distribution summary on the COVID-19 vaccine data page. The new allocation and administration dashboard displays key metrics related to Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination program, including total doses administered by provider type.

DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic in Marathon County to Open April 6

On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers announced that the fourth community-based vaccination clinic in the state will open in Marathon County on April 6. The site will be located at the Northcentral Technical College—Center for Business and Industry Building in Wausau.

The vaccine is free

Reminder: The Vaccine is Free

Eliminating barriers to getting a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial to ensuring everyone can access the vaccine and return to the people and things we love.

Vaccines are free regardless of where you get the vaccine.

Proof of insurance or citizenship is not required.

Some independent vaccinators such as health care providers or pharmacies may ask about insurance. This does not mean it is required or you will be charged.


Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants Webpage

DHS published a new webpage dedicated to variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This webpage includes a Wisconsin SARS-CoV-2 case counter as well as other helpful information on what we know about emerging variants.


Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in K-12 Schools

DHS, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance updates, is revising its guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in K-12 schools. This includes acceptance of CDC’s updated recommendation (as of March 19, 2021) that schools maintain a minimum of three feet of physical distance between students in most situations.

Today's Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data on Wisconsin’s vaccination effort. DHS updates the allocated number every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The administered number and residents receiving doses and completing the vaccine series is updated every weekday at 2 p.m.

  • Allocated: 2,679,245 doses
  • Administered: 2,595,204 doses
  • Residents who have:
    • Received at least one dose: 1,634,977 (28.1%)
    • Completed the vaccine series: 948,765 (16.3%)

COVID-19 by the Numbers

COVID-19 Resources

Resilient Wisconsin: Coping During Challenging Times

Watch DHS’s Facebook Live event from March 22 about coping during these challenging times with mental health experts.

Featuring Scott Webb, Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator and member of the Resilient Wisconsin team at DHS and Monica Caldwell, Director of Mental Health Programs for RISE.

Communicating in other languages

New Translated Material

The following materials are available in English, Hindi, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish:

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.

Media Briefings

Vaccine briefing from Thursday, March 25, with DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Dr. Stephanie Schauer, Wisconsin Immunization Program Director.

Social Media

Follow DHS on social media for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout.


Looking for previous newsletters? To view past versions of this newsletter, visit the DHS website.