COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines have been a successful public health tool for many years in preventing the spread of infectious diseases like measles, polio, and tetanus. COVID-19 is a new and contagious disease that can be very serious. Along with wearing a face covering, socially distancing, and washing your hands, COVID-19 vaccines will be an important tool in controlling this pandemic. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.

The US vaccine safety process assures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Clinical trials are conducted with thousands of participants for each approved vaccine and are continuously monitored for safety. The COVID-19 vaccine comes in two doses. After receiving both doses, the vaccine has been shown to be 94-95% effective.

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We encourage you to keep up to date with vaccinations to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Notification Request

If you would like to be placed on a list to receive notifications of when vaccines are available for your priority group, review the information about the phases below or in this infographic, then fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Notification Request. You will be notified by our automated messaging system when the vaccine becomes available for your priority group.

COVID-19 Vaccine Notification Request Form

When can you get a vaccine?

Current Status: We are currently in Phase 1A. Learn more about the phases below and check back often for updates.

Two vaccines have been approved for use in the United States, one from Moderna and one from Pfizer. It is expected that vaccines will not become widely available to community members until Summer 2021 or later. Vaccines are estimated to be available to residents of St. Croix County in the following phases. This information is subject to change.

Phase 1

December 2020-Spring 2021

Phase 1 is made up of three groups (1A, 1B,1C):

  • 1A: Includes individuals who provide direct patient service or engage in activities that may place them in contact with infected persons or materials. Groups in Phase 1A are outlined in the Wisconsin-specific recommendations for who should be the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine This group includes: 
    • Health care Workers
    • Long-term care staff and residents
  • 1B: This definition is yet to be determined, but may include public health & safety, transportation, communications, financial, food & agriculture, information technology & other critical infrastructure services. This group includes:
    • Essential Workers
  • 1C: Includes individuals who are considered a higher risk for severe illness based on age and/or health history. This group includes:
    • Residents 65 years or older
    • Individuals with underlying health conditions

Phase 2

Spring 2021-Summer 2021

An announcement will be made when vaccine supplies reach a point that allows partners to begin taking appointments and providing COVID-19 vaccinations to community members.

This group includes:

  • Remainder of Phase 1
  • Critical populations
  • General populations

Phase 3

Summer 2021-Beyond

Vaccine distribution will be widespread and will be incorporated into preventative care.

This group includes:

  • Remainder of Phase 1 & Phase 2
  • Critical populations
  • General populations

After Vaccination

Even after receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations, continue to follow safety precautions.

Learn More About COVID-19 Vaccines