DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: April 30, 2021

World Immunization Week – Let’s get vaccinated, Wisconsin!

Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in getting shots in arms, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But if we want to get back to our Wisconsin way of life and doing the things we love most—visiting friends and family and enjoying all Wisconsin has to offer—we all got to do our part and get vaccinated. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is critical for our economic recovery. Make a plan today to get your shot and be sure to complete your vaccine series so we can bounce back from this pandemic better than before.

Checkout this video from Governor Tony Evers and state agency leaders explaining why they are all getting their COVID-19 vaccines—and why we encourage you to do the same!

Learn more about options available for you to get vaccinated and find available vaccine at Vaccines.gov (previously known as VaccineFinder). You can also call the toll-free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 with questions or to get help registering for a vaccination appointment. The hotline is also available in Chinese Mandarin, Hindi, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Walk-ins Accepted at Community-Based Vaccination Clinics

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) six community-based vaccination clinics are making it easier for you to get your COVID-19 vaccination. Just stop by during clinic hours Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – no appointment needed. You can still schedule an appointment through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry or call toll-free at 1-844-684-1064. Find a clinic near you using Vaccines.gov.

Walk-ins at community-based vaccination clinics

Promoting Racial and Geographic Equity in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Vaccine equity efforts in Wisconsin are ramping up as the 100 organizations awarded $6.2 million in grants start to engage in outreach, education, and vaccine-related projects spanning all regions of the state. Some of this work includes launching targeted media campaigns to promote vaccine confidence and safety, using social media to encourage vaccinations, and increasing vaccine access by conducting vaccine navigation, coordination, registration, and transportation support within communities.

This statewide effort seeks to advance racial and geographic equity in the COVID-19 vaccination program. This is an all-hands-on-deck effort and community partners across the state are critical to helping us reach community immunity.

To serve as a trusted messenger in your community, download vaccine handouts, toolkits, and other resources.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update

On April 23, 2021, the pause on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine was lifted. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. The vaccine fact sheet for recipients and caregivers has been updated to include information about the risk of a very rare and severe type of blood clot.

If you are considering getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please know the following:

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective, and that the pause on administering the vaccine was lifted after an extensive safety review by independent experts, the CDC, and FDA.
  • There is a risk, primarily for women ages 18-49, of a very rare but severe type of blood clotting.
  • Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the risks of COVID-19.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one dose shot, meaning, you have full immunity 14 days after you receive it.
  • You can look for vaccine by brand at Vaccines.gov.
  • If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, contact your health care provider immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms within three weeks of receiving your vaccine:
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Leg swelling
    • Persistent abdominal pain
    • Severe or persistent headaches
    • Blurred vision
    • Easy bruising or tiny spots under the skin beyond their injection site

Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data on Wisconsin’s vaccination effort. 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

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Resilient Wisconsin: Middle and High School Students Report on Struggles during COVID-19

Understanding the nature of students’ sources of stress and anxiety, avenues of support, and perceptions of barriers to accessing that support can help organizations make more informed decisions about the allocation of mental health and wellness resources. The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service Research Partners and the Medical College of Wisconsin gathered insight, information, and feedback directly from Wisconsin youth in grades 6 through 12 to gain insight on the experiences of middle and high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the project findings that will also be presented at a webinar on Wednesday, May 5, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Resilient Wisconsin helps you understand the causes of toxic stress and trauma and how to manage the related harms to help you live your best life.

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.

New materials:

COVID-19 vaccine information for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, P-02977 (will be available in additional languages)


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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