DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: May 7, 2021

New COVID-19 and Mental Health Resource for Parents and Guardians

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has published a new webpage for parents and guardians featuring information about COVID-19 and mental health resources. This new webpage features:

  • Information about COVID-19 and children, including factors that may put children at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and possible long-term effects.
  • Action steps parents and guardians can take to protect their children from COVID-19.
  • A compilation of resources from DHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that parents and guardians can easily access to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with their children.
  • Routine preventative care and mental health services for children.

This page will continue to be updated with the latest information about COVID-19 vaccination for children. If your child is 16 years or older, they are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Visit Vaccines.gov to search for available Pfizer vaccines or call toll-free at 1-844-684-1064.

Protect your child from COVID-19. Get vaccinated.


DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics

DHS is helping employers and community-based organizations connect with vaccine providers in order to offer on-site vaccinations. This will help bring vaccinations to where people are and provide increased protection from COVID-19 in their communities. The program is part of the statewide effort to promote vaccine equity by making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible for Wisconsinites.

Employers and community-based organizations can communicate their interest with DHS and learn more about coordinating an on-site vaccination clinic on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine partner resources webpage.

Matching vaccinators with employers and community-based organizations


VaccineFinder Changes to Vaccines.gov

Recently, DHS transitioned to VaccineFinder in order to help people more easily locate available vaccine providers who are open to the public. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed the name of VaccineFinder to Vaccines.gov. Please use Vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you to get your vaccination. Learn more about Vaccines.gov.

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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May is Resilient Wisconsin Month

Resilience is that amazing skill that helps you recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, then when life knocks you down, you bounce back stronger and you keep going. Resilient Wisconsin can help you learn to thrive within the stress of daily life.

When we learn to adapt and recover from life's challenges, we take a step closer to a healthy future for all of us. That's why Governor Tony Evers proclaimed May Resilient Wisconsin Month.

In recognition of Resilient Wisconsin Month, DHS has five coloring sheet designs inspired by artwork and/or ideas submitted by DHS staff. Please share a photo of your completed coloring sheet(s) on your social media accounts using #ResilientWisconsin. Taking time to relax, reflect, and do something fun (like coloring) can help people of all ages build resiliency.

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting new and unforeseen pressures on all of us. Learn how to cope—and help others cope—with the grief, stress, and anxiety caused by the biggest health challenge of our time.

Last week’s webinar on the Voices of Wisconsin Students Project: Learning, Coping, and Building Resilience During COVID-19 report findings is available to watch online.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Checkout the different activities the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health has throughout the first week of May to raise awareness of children’s mental health. Checkout the OCMH Facebook page to watch any of this week’s presentations, share resources, or learn more about children’s mental health.

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:

Pause Lifted on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine, P-02985: English | Spanish (will be available in other 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.

Media Briefing

Briefing from Tuesday, May 4, 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.