Graham Kilmer

State Launches Vaccine Provider Map

Interactive map shows vaccine providers, where doses are being distributed.

By - Feb 26th, 2021 04:07 pm
COVID-19 vaccine provider map. Screenshot from DHS website.

COVID-19 vaccine provider map. Screenshot from DHS website.

The state Department of Health Services has launched a digital map that can be used to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

The goal for this map is two-fold, according to the department. First, to increase transparency in the distribution of vaccine. Second, to assist residents as they try to find somewhere they can be vaccinated.

“We want to provide as many options as possible for people who are currently eligible to access COVID-19 vaccine,” DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake said. “This map will help to illustrate those options.”

Next week, the state will greatly increase eligibility for the vaccine by moving on to the next phase of vaccination, Phase 1b. This will include education and child care workers, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline health care essential personnel, and facility staff and residents in congregate living settings.

These new groups will make approximately 1.6 million people, or 33% of the state’s population, eligible for the vaccine.

The vaccine provider map of Wisconsin is interactive and allows a user to zoom in on the region or municipality they live in. Color coded dots indicate who can be vaccinated at a specific clinic. For instance, a blue dot means the vaccinator is administering doses to anyone in the public who is eligible, an orange dot means it is only vaccinating specific groups and a red dot means they are closed to the public except for specific patients.

By clicking on a dot, you will be shown the name of the vaccinator, the address and links to the website where you can schedule your appointment and directions to get there. Currently, all vaccination is done by appointment.

A provider only shows up on the map when they have been given a supply of doses. DHS will update the map every two weeks. So there is the possibility that a provider will use up its supply before the map is updated.

The federal government has been slowly increasing the supply of vaccine sent to Wisconsin since vaccination began in January. Even with a recent uptick in weekly doses, the supply of vaccine is still constrained.

View the map here.

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