DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: April 23, 2021


Use VaccineFinder to Find a Vaccine Provider Near You!

VaccineFinder.org is a tool that allows you to enter your zip code and filter by by search radius and vaccine type. After entering this information, a map of vaccine providers will appear, as well as a list with each provider’s days and hours of operation. Clicking on the provider name will give you the information you need to schedule an appointment (either a website or a phone number). The CDC launched VaccineFinder in March, and DHS and vaccinators across our state have worked to ensure the information is complete as we continue to streamline the process.

VaccineFinder tool


Funding to Support COVID-19 Testing in Schools

Wisconsin has received more than $175 million in federal funding to develop a program for K-12 school-based COVID-19 testing. The program will offer testing resources for teachers, staff, and students to support schools in operating safely. This program will build on existing testing infrastructure and involves close collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Vaccine Distribution Summary

On Thursday, Wisconsin passed another milestone with over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered! For more information on our state’s vaccination effort, check out the latest vaccine data. DHS updates the allocated numbers and provider data every Tuesday, and the administered number is updated every weekday at 2 p.m.

COVID-19 by the Numbers

COVID-19 Resources

So you got your shot… now what?

After you get the COVID-19 vaccine, here’s what you need to know:

  • Take that vaccine selfie! We love to see those smiles, and sharing your experience can help motivate your friends and family to get vaccinated!
  • Keep your record card in a safe place. (And don’t show it in that selfie you just took. Your smile is enough!)
  • Remember that side effects like pain or swelling where you got the vaccine, fever, or feeling tired are normal.
  • Sign up for v-safe, a tool the CDC created to check in with you after you get vaccinated.
  • Be sure to keep that second dose appointment with the same vaccinator, and if you need to change the time of it, call them ahead of time (so they can fill that time slot).

If it has been at least two weeks since you finished your vaccine series, you’re fully vaccinated! We published some helpful guidelines to help you understand what that really means and how it might change some of your activities, but keep in mind that we should all keep wearing masks and physically distancing when we’re in public spaces.

Resilient Wisconsin: Materials to Share

Did you know the Resilient Wisconsin initiative has a resources page? Maybe you want to learn more about upstream prevention or collective trauma, or maybe you’re interested in hearing a recovery story from a fellow Wisconsinite? Whatever you’re looking for, please remember, it’s OK to ask for help.

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.

Translated materials:

Options for Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccination: English | Chinese | Hindi | Hmong | Somali | Spanish


Media Briefings

Briefing from Thursday, April 22, with DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard.

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.


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.