Previous vaccine status updates

5/20/2021: Oconto County Public Health (OCPH) held their final COVID-19 vaccination clinic today by providing 2nd doses of Pfizer to those who received their 1st dose 3 weeks ago.  As of today, OCPH has administered 2519 COVID-19 vaccines since late January 2021.

5/12/2021: Earlier today, a committee of medical and immunization experts from CDC reviewed data and recommended that Pfizer vaccine be given to those ages 12-15. Before Wisconsin vaccinators can give this vaccine to those age 12-15, CDC will provide recommendations and clinical guidance, and state health officials will expand vaccine eligibility in Wisconsin based on those recommendations and guidance. Information will be posted as we receive it.  Please continue to watch this website and our Facebook page at Oconto County a Place for You.

5/11/2021: The FDA recently recommended the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15.  Before Wisconsin can start vaccinating those ages with Pfizer, a few things need to happen.  Tomorrow, Wednesday 5/12/2021, medical experts from CDC will meet to review data and decide whether or not this age group can start receiving the Pfizer vaccine.  Based on federal recommendations and clinical guidance, Wisconsin DHS will expand eligibility to this age group in Wisconsin.  Please continue to watch this website and our Facebook page, Oconto County a Place for You, for the latest information.

5/10/2021: The FDA recently authorized Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12 and up. Click here to learn more. Oconto County Public Health will begin offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the newly eligible age groups once we receive approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Please continue to watch our Facebook page at Oconto County a Place for You and this website for more information.

5/4/2021: Oconto County Public Health is accepting appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccine at an upcoming vaccination clinic to be held in Oconto later this week.  Call 920-834-6846 to schedule your appointment.

4/29/2021: It's been a busy COVID-19 vaccine week!  Here is a quick summary of what happened this week:

  • Oconto County Public Health announced plans for their final COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  Read the press release here with more information.
  • CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services lifted the pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Read more here.  
  • CDC updated their guidance for fully vaccinated people.  Read their guidelines here.  
  • A CDC study showed that full vaccination with mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) reduced the risk of hospitalizations in older adults by 94%.  Read the report here.

4/27/2021: Public Health is announcing our plans for our final COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  The last Pfizer 1st dose clinic will be held on April 29, 2021. As the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently lifted the pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it will be available at an upcoming clinic on May 6, 2021.  2nd dose clinics will be held on May 13, 2021 and May 20, 2021.  All clinics are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.  Call 920-834-6846 to schedule your appointment.

4/26/2021: Appointment scheduling is now OPEN for this week's Oconto County Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  Call 920-834-6846 to schedule your appointment at a clinic being held in Oconto later this week.

4/21/2021: Appointment scheduling is closed for this week's OCPH COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  Please check back here for scheduling information for next week's clinic.  Click here for other vaccine locations in Wisconsin.

4/16/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that the pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine will continue until a federal recommendation is made to lift it.  More information here. 

4/15/2021: Appointment scheduling is open for an upcoming Oconto County Public Health vaccination clinic with Pfizer vaccine.  Call 920-834-6846 to schedule your appointment.  Appointments are not accepted by voicemail and no wait list will be made or established.  OCPH will vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds with parent consent.  Anyone who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

4/13/2021: Oconto County Public Health is following the recommendation from CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to pause the use of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  6.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson have been given in the U.S.  CDC and the FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48 and symptoms occurred within 6-13 days after vaccination with Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   These side effects are extremely rare and the decision to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being done out of an abundance of caution.  This pause is being implemented to provide the health care community time to be educated on how to recognize and treat these extremely rare side effects.

Those who have received Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 3 weeks should watch for severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

Anyone 16 and older who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine and we continue to recommend vaccination.  Pfizer and Moderna use a different technology than Johnson & Johnson and continue to be safe and effective.  Click here for information on vaccine locations throughout the state.

Links with more information:

4/9/21: The Oconto County Health Department has the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine available for next week. This is the one-and-done shot for those age 18 and older. To make an appointment call (920) 834-6846. If the line is busy, please try again.

4/7/21: The CDC has provided updated guidance about travel and summer activities.

3/31/2021: Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court made the decision to strike down the governor’s face covering order effective immediately. Oconto County does not have its own mask mandate, however, Oconto County Public Health will continue to strongly recommend that everyone continue to wear masks if they are in a setting with others outside of their own home so we can continue to beat this pandemic. If someone is fully vaccinated, we will continue to recommend following the CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html  We do not want to take steps back with an increase in cases due to letting our guard down. Oconto County Public Health continues to urge everyone to maintain social distancing, wear masks and use good handwashing to minimize your risk of getting COVID-19.

3/30/2021:  Everyone age 16 and up who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination starting on Monday 4/5/2021. If you become eligible on 4/5/2021, please stay tuned to website and our Facebook page (Oconto County a Place for You) for appointment scheduling information.  If you are currently eligible, limited appointments are available for an Oconto County Public Health clinic later this week in Oconto. Call 920-834-6846 to schedule an appointment.

3/30/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that additional pharmacies will start giving out COVID-19 vaccine in the state.  The pharmacies include select Costco, CVS, and Hy-Vee locations, as well as the following independent pharmacy networks: Good Neighbor and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Health Mart, Medicine Shoppe and Cardinal Health, and Topco.  Click here for the full press release including links to schedule appointments.

3/29/2021: As of 11:15 am on Monday 3/29/2021, all Johnson and Johnson vaccine appointments for this week's clinic are filled. Limited amounts of Pfizer vaccine are still available. Pfizer is a 2 dose vaccine and can be given to those age 16 and up.  Oconto County Public Health will vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds with parent consent.  Please call 920-834-6846 to make an appointment.

3/25/2021:  If you are currently eligible in Wisconsin for COVID-19 vaccination, please call 920-834-6846 for an appointment at an upcoming Oconto County Public Health clinic. Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail and no wait list will be made or established. If you do not reach our scheduling staff member, please hang up and try again.  Limited doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 1 dose, are available for the upcoming clinic. First come, first serve and you must be currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Wisconsin.

 

3/23/2021: As of 10:50 a.m. today, Tuesday 3/23/2021, all appointments are filled for this week's Oconto County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Stay tuned for information on scheduling appointments at future clinics. Thank you!

3/22/2021: Limited appointments are available for a Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic taking place later this week in Oconto.  Call 920-834-6846 to make an appointment.  Appointments are not accepted by voicemail. If you are unable to reach our scheduling staff member, please hang up and try again. No wait list will be made or established. Oconto County Public Health is providing Pfizer vaccine, which is a two dose vaccine for those ages 16 and up. OCPH will vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds with parent consent.

3/18/2021: Oconto County Public Health is pleased to announce that after 7 weeks of holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics, we have distributed 1,092 doses of the vaccine with 0 wasted doses!  This accomplishment is due to the team work and effort of many people working together to protect our community.  We thank everyone who has chosen our department for your COVID-19 vaccine and look forward to safely vaccinating many more people!

3/17/2021: Oconto County Public Health is now accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointments for those who are currently eligible in Wisconsin as well as for those who will become eligible on March 22, 2021. Call 920-834-6846 to make an appointment. The clinics are held in Oconto next week and are by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail. If you are unable to reach our scheduling staff member, please hang up and try again. No wait list will be made or established. OCPH is providing Pfizer vaccine, which is a two dose vaccine for those ages 16 and up. OCPH will vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds with parent consent.  Click here for the full press release with more information.

3/16/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions will now be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, March 22.  At this time, if you fit into this eligibility category, you are asked to not call to schedule an appointment. Please continue to watch this Facebook page and our website at www.ocontocountycovid.info for more information on Oconto County Public Health vaccination scheduling and clinics. Thank you for your patience with this process.

3/16/2021: Public Health continues to accept clinic appointments for those currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Wisconsin.  Call 920-834-6846 to make your appointment for a clinic being held this week in Oconto!

3/15/2021: Late last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services added restaurant employees to the list of those currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the state. Restaurant employees are eligible in the food supply chain group within the public facing essential workers.  Oconto County Public Health is holding several COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week in Oconto. If you are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, please call 920-834-6846 to schedule your appointment. Public Health is giving out Pfizer vaccine which is 2 doses and can be given to those 16 and up. Public Health will vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds with parent consent.

3/11/2021:  If you are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, appointment scheduling will open next week Monday, 3/15/2021 at 9:00 a.m. for you at an Oconto County Public Health clinic! This includes those who became eligible on March 1, 2021. This clinic will be held next week in Oconto and is by appointment only. Call 920-834-6846 to make an appointment starting Monday 3/15/2021 at 9:00 a.m.. Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail and no wait list will be made or established.  If you are part of the group that will become eligible on March 29, 2021, please do not call at this time. More information will be released in the coming days.  Currently eligible groups in Wisconsin: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm  Oconto County Public Health thanks you for your patience throughout this process.

3/11/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced that approximately 2 million people will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the state's next phase.  To learn more about the next eligibility phase, please click on this link for a media briefing being held today, Thursday 3/11/2021 at 1:30 p.m. with the Governor and state health officials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0H6M2-U2-0

3/8/2021: As of 12:15 p.m. on Monday 3/8/2021, all appointments are full for this week's Oconto County Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Please continue to watch our Facebook page and this website for information on future Public Health clinics. Thank you for your patience throughout this process!

3/8/2021: If you were eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin before March 1, 2021, appointment scheduling is now open for you at an Oconto County Public Health clinic! This clinic will be held this week in Oconto and is by appointment only. If you are a frontline health care worker, police/fire/corrections, or an adult age 65 and older, call 920-834-6846 to make an appointment. Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail and no wait list will be made or established. Appointments for this week's clinic are for the groups eligible before March 1 only. More information will be released on the newly eligible groups later this week.  Oconto County Public Health thanks you for your patience throughout this process.

3/4/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced a free vaccination assistance hotline is now available for Wisconsin residents.  Wisconsinites can now call toll free 844-684-1064 to help find a vaccine location, answer medical questions about the vaccine and assist with appointment registration, if applicable.

3/4/2021: Oconto County Public Health will take COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting next week Monday, 3/8/2021 at 9:00 a.m. for frontline health care workers, police/fire/corrections, and adults age 65 and older. This clinic will be held next week in Oconto and is by appointment only.  Appointments will not be accepted before that time and will not be accepted by voicemail. Due to a reduced vaccine supply, these appointments are for those who were currently eligible before March 1, 2021 only: frontline health care workers, police/fire/corrections, and adults age 65 and older. More information will be released on the newly eligible groups next week.

3/3/2021: Prevea Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Prevea Mountain Health Center, 14353 Hwy 32/64, in Mountain on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  The clinic is for those currently eligible in Wisconsin and by appointment only.  To make an appointment, visit myprevea.com or call toll free 1-833-344-4373.  Click here for more information.

3/2/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that COVID-19 vaccine will now be available at select Kroger stores in Wisconsin.  Kroger also includes Metro Market and Pick N Save grocery stores.  Anyone currently eligible for vaccine in Wisconsin can check Kroger’s website at https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility or call (866) 211-5320 to schedule an appointment.  Click here for the full press release from the state.

3/1/2021: A 3rd COVID-19 vaccine was recently authorized for use in the United States for those 18 years of age and older.  This one dose vaccine is made by Johnson and Johnson.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, an initial allocation of approximately 47,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is expected to arrive in Wisconsin next week and will be incorporated into Wisconsin's overall vaccine strategy.  Click here for the full press release from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

2/26/2021: Due to a drastic reduction in our requested vaccine order, Oconto County Public Health will not make 1st dose vaccination appointments for the week of March 1, 2021.  The 2nd dose appointment will go on as scheduled; if you have an appointment with OCPH for the 2nd dose clinic the week of March 1, 2021, please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This 2nd dose clinic is NOT cancelled.  This change applies to Oconto County Public Health only.  Please click the link above for a listing of vaccination clinic locations in and around Oconto County.  Please continue to watch this website and our Facebook page (Oconto County a Place for You) for information regarding upcoming Public Health clinics. Thank you for your patience during this process.

2/25/2021: Demand for the vaccine continues to exceed the supply.  Beginning on March 1, 2021, additional groups are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Wisconsin.  Due to the limited supply of vaccine, Oconto County Public Health will not be vaccinating the newly eligible groups until the week of March 15, 2021 or at least 50% of Oconto County residents age 65 and older have received at least 1 dose of vaccine, whatever is later.  If you are in a newly eligible group, please do not call Oconto County Public Health requesting vaccination as the department does not have an adequate supply to vaccinate the new groups.  This change applies to Oconto County Public Health only.  Please click on the link above for vaccine locations in and around Oconto County.  Your continued patience is appreciated during this process.

2/24/2021: Oconto County Public Health continues to hold vaccination clinics weekly to provide COVID-19 vaccine to those who are currently eligible in Wisconsin.  Working with our healthcare and pharmacy partners, we are excited to announce that as of today 45% of Oconto County residents age 65 and older have received 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 16% of that same population have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine!

2/22/2021: As of 12:15 p.m. today, Monday 2/22/2021, this week's Oconto County Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic is full.  A clinic will be held next week if vaccine is available. Information will be released later in the week.  Public Health thanks you for your patience with this process!

2/19/2021: If you are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, starting Monday 2/22/2021 at 9:00 a.m., please call 920-834-6846 to schedule your vaccination appointment at an Oconto County Public Health clinic being held next week.  Appointments outside of the currently eligible populations will not be accepted. Appointments will not be made before 9:00 a.m. on Monday 2/22/2021 and no wait list will be made or established. Vaccination clinics are by appointment only. Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail. If you’re unable to reach our scheduling staff member, please try again.  Public Health appreciates your continued patience during this process.  Currently eligible populations: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

2/16/2021: As of 4:00 p.m. today, Tuesday 2/16/2021, all appointments are full for this week's Oconto County Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic. If we receive vaccine, clinic will be held next week and information will be released on how to schedule appointments. Public Health thanks you for your patience during this quickly evolving process!

2/15/2021: Starting today, Monday 2/15/2021 at 10:00 a.m., those that are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Wisconsin can call 920-834-6846 to make a vaccination appointment at an Oconto County Public Health clinic. Appointments outside of the currently eligible populations will not be accepted. Appointments will not be made before 10:00 a.m. on Monday 2/15/2021 and no wait list will be made or established. Vaccination clinics are by appointment only.  Appointments will not be accepted by voicemail. If you’re unable to reach our scheduling staff member, please try again.  Oconto County Public Health plans to hold vaccination clinics every week as long as we receive our vaccine. Please watch for information to be released in the coming days on how to sign up for future clinics.  Public Health appreciates your continued patience during this process.

2/11/2021: If you need assistance with online COVID-19 vaccine scheduling, please call the ADRC of the Wolf River Region toll free at 855-492-2372. Most organizations that are taking vaccination appointments are using an online system which is convenient for some, but also challenging for others. The ADRC is ready to help and we thank them for offering this valuable service!

2/11/2021: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that COVID-19 vaccination will take place at 178 Walgreens locations throughout the state.  Vaccine supply continues to be limited across the country, therefore this partnership with Walgreens will start small and expand as the supply increases.  To get vaccinated at a Walgreens, click here to sign up for an account.  If you are currently eligible for a vaccine, you will complete a short screening, and schedule a vaccine appointment at a Walgreens location.

2/8/2021: At this time, Oconto County Public Health is providing COVID-19 vaccine only to those in Phase 1A (frontline health care and police/fire/corrections) and the adults 65 and older on our previous wait list from late January.  Public Health is not making vaccine appointments for anyone outside of those groups, and is not adding names to a wait list.   

Those who are currently eligible in Wisconsin are encouraged to schedule their vaccine appointment with Bellin and Prevea.  To schedule with Bellin, go to mybellin.org or call 920-445-7313.  To schedule with Prevea, go to myprevea.com or call toll free 833-344-HERE.  You do not need to be a patient of either health care system to register for an account and receive a vaccine.

IMPORTANT: Due to the vaccine supply, the status of appointments changes rapidly. If you are scheduling online and don't see any openings, you’re encouraged to please try again at a later time.  If scheduling by phone, please anticipate hold times and call back at a later date/time if you are unable to schedule an appointment.

Please continue to watch our website (www.ocontocountycovid.info) and Facebook (Oconto County a Place for You) to stay up to date on the COVID-19 vaccination process.

2/8/2021: As previously stated, Oconto Public has held two COVID-19 clinics, providing 143 vaccines to those currently eligible.  It is important to note, that no doses were wasted at either of the clinics, and all of the vaccine that Public Health received was administered.

2/4/2021: Oconto County Public Health has held two clinics, providing 143 COVID-19 vaccines to those currently eligible.  The vaccine allotment to Oconto County Public Health has been and will continue to be limited.  We continue to ask for your patience and flexibility during this evolving process.  Keep checking this website and Facebook (Oconto County a Place for You) for updates.

1/26/2021: Wisconsin DHS announced today that additional groups will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine tentatively beginning on March 1, 2021.  Groups are prioritized due to an increased risk or vulnerability to COVID-19 and are consistent with recommendations from the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC).  The groups in priority order include education and childcare, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public facing essential workers, non frontline health care essential personnel, and facility staff and residents living in congregate living settings.  At this time, Oconto County Public Health is not taking appointments or placing people on a wait list for vaccine.  Other options include Prevea at myprevea.com, or Bellin Health at mybellin.org.  Please continue to check back here and on Facebook at Oconto County a Place for You for more information.  Click here for more information.

1/25/2021: Public Health was recently made aware that all Prevea COVID-19 vaccine appointments across the state are full.  Prevea states that more appointments will be made as the state makes more vaccine available.  To stay up to date with Prevea, you're encouraged to sign up for email updates at https://www.prevea.com/vaccine.  At this time, Bellin is not taking appointments in Oconto.  Appointments are available in Green Bay by calling 920-445-7313 or using mybellin.org.

1/21/2021: Effective 8:00 a.m. central time on Friday 1/22/2021, Oconto County Public Health will no longer be placing Wisconsin residents age 65 and older on a COVID-19 vaccine wait list.  It is not known when Public Health will have vaccine for this group; if you are on the wait list you will be notified of Public Health’s vaccine availability.  Other options at this time are Prevea and Bellin.  Sign up with Prevea by using myprevea.com or Bellin by calling 920-445-7313 or using mybellin.org.  Your patience during this process is very much appreciated.

1/19/2021: Oconto County Public Health has a COVID-19 vaccine wait list available for Wisconsin residents age 65 and older.  Please call 920-834-6846 to be placed on the wait list.  There is high demand for this vaccine, and the phone line may be busy.  Your patience is appreciated during this time.  When Oconto County Public Health has more information about vaccinating this population, it will be released on this website, on Facebook at Oconto County a Place for You, and through news media press releases.

1/19/2021: Beginning on January 25, 2021, Wisconsin adults aged 65 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.  Oconto County Public Health continues our planning process with our partners.  All plans are dependent on vaccine availability.  When more information is available, it will be released on this website, on Facebook at Oconto County a Place for You and through news media releases.

1/18/2021: Oconto County Public Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals in phase 1A on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.  Appointments are required.  Click here to learn more.

1/16/2021: Prevea and Bellin are vaccinating individuals in phase 1A. Oconto County Public Health is continuing our planning process to vaccinate those in phase 1A that are not affiliated with a health system.

1/13/2021: Wisconsin DHS announced that police and fire personnel will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, 1/18/2021.  Oconto County Public Health is working with our partners to get police and fire personnel vaccinated and more information will be coming.  As of today, there have been no other changes to those who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.

1/7/2021: There have been minimal changes since the 12/22/2020 press release.  Wisconsin continues to vaccinate those in phase 1A.  Oconto County is making plans to vaccinate individuals in phase 1A that are not affiliated with a healthcare system. We are waiting for the state of Wisconsin to release phase 1B guidelines.  Once released, Oconto County Public Health will continue working with our partners to plan for safe distribution of the vaccine to those in phase 1B.  Oconto County Public Health will also continue to provide updates via this website, on the Oconto County a Place for You Facebook page, and through news media press releases.