APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center will let more people register for appointments starting Tuesday, Feb. 16.
“The next set of appointments is contingent on vaccine availability,” Appleton Public Health Officer Kurt Eggebrecht wrote in a statement. “Due to limited supplies statewide, the number of appointments will vary from week to week.”
People can register online at www.foxcitiescovidvaccine.com or call (920) 399-2550.
People who have internet access, or have friends or family who have the internet and can help them register, are asked to register online to keep the phone line open for people who have no other option. Health officials say an estimated 60,000 people in Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties don’t have internet access.
“We estimate that within the Tri-County area there’s more than sixty thousand individuals who do not have regular internet access so this phone number is going to be very very important,” said Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson.
Due to the limited supply of vaccine, local health officials say they’re making an effort to reach people age 65 and older who are in racial minority groups or don’t have internet access. Statewide, 11.6% of white Wisconsin residents received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far compared to 3.3% of Black residents, 5.3% of Asians, and 8.1% of American Indians. The DHS says people of color have had a higher rate of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared to white people in Wisconsin.
“When the clinic’s vaccine supply is replenished, ongoing efforts will be made to ensure more equitable vaccine distribution, taking into account those without internet access as well as people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” said Eggebrecht.
People who register online will receive an email confirming their appointment. They’re advised to check your spam or junk mail folder if it didn’t seem to arrive. They’ll also receive an automated phone call.
The clinic is wrapping up vaccinations for 4,700 people who were overbooked due to an error in the initial round of registration. Most received a shot in the arm last week, and the last ones on the waiting list will be vaccinated on Tuesday.
Eggebrecht added, “We unfortunately don’t have enough vaccine for everybody. We’re working very hard with the vaccine supply that we get and each week it’s going to be better and better and it’s our hope we will get more numbers of vaccine so please be patient. We know there’s going to be limited number of people that can get thru.”
So far about thirty percent of the population, age 65 and older have been vaccinated in the Tri-County area.
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