COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Studies indicate some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do.
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
We still await guidance from WI Department of Health & Services in order to provide these additional doses.
COVID-19 Vaccine BenefitsCOVID-19 vaccine is free and gets you back to do doing the things you enjoy.
- You can resume activities you did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physical distancing in most situations.
- You do need to quarantine after an exposure if you are feeling well.
- You protect loved ones and community members from COVID-19.
- Is an important tool to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and EffectiveThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna vaccine, and Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). These COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants during clinical trials and have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this video.
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines and the number is growing each day. These vaccines are undergoing the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Wisconsin is part of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) that collects reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public to monitor all adverse events and provide timely reports of any unusual patterns. Adverse events will also be monitored nationally through electronic health records and claims-based systems. Safety monitoring system, such as V-Safe, will also be used to watch for side effects.
You can check your vaccine record or for a family member that you care for at Public Immunization Record Access.
DHS Fact Sheet for Parents - What You Should Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in our Community
Please call the COVID hot line at 1-844-803-6446 to schedule your appointment. When scheduling an appointment for individuals between the ages of 12 and 18, please ensure the location you are choosing has Pfizer vaccine available (parents or legal guardians will need to be present for those 12 to 18 years of age to sign a consent form prior to vaccination). will be contacting their clients to set up appointments. Please do not contact them at this time.
Please call the COVID hot line number at 1-844-568-0701 to schedule an appointment.
- Marshfield Clinic Health System:
Visit the Marshfield Clinic Health System website at https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/CovidVaccine to complete a survey for the COVID-19 vaccine or call 877-998-0880. If you qualify, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
- Lac du Flambeau - Peter Chirstensen Health Center - Community Health Department
Please call 715-588-3371
- Lac View Desert Health Center
Please call 715-337-2247
- Land O Lakes – Hometown Pharmacy
4348 Co Hwy B, Land O' Lakes
Please call 715-547-3788
Online: https://hometownpharmacyrx.com/Covid-19-Vaccine to complete a survey for the COVID-19 vaccine or please call 715-547-3788
- NEWCAP Inc
603 E Wall St, Eagle River
Please call 715-479-3357
- St. Germain - Hometown Pharmacy
Please call 715-479-7608
Online: https://hometownpharmacyrx.com/Covid-19-Vaccine to complete a survey for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Trigs Pharmacy
25 E Wall St, Eagle River
Please call 715-479-6411
- Walgreens Pharmacy
108 W Wall St, Eagle River
Please call 715-479-1069
- Wall Street Drugs – Health Care Pharmacies
123 E Wall St, Eagle River
Please call 715-479-3306
- Vilas County Public Health Department
330 Court St, Eagle River
Please call 715-479-3656
Use VaccineFinder to Find a Vaccine Provider Near You!
VaccineFinder.org is a tool that allows you to enter your zip code and filter by by search radius and vaccine type. After entering this information, a map of vaccine providers will appear, as well as a list with each provider’s days and hours of operation. Clicking on the provider name will give you the information you need to schedule an appointment (either a website or a phone number). The CDC launched VaccineFinder in March, and DHS and vaccinators across our state have worked to ensure the information is complete as we continue to streamline the process.
The WI Department of Health Services has launched a new map to help you connect with a vaccinator in your area, which could be as close as your local pharmacy. If you are currently eligible for the #COVID19 vaccine, check it out. Remember, all vaccinations are still by appointment only: dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-map.htm
WI DHS Call Center for COVID19 Vaccine Questions
The new call center will be equipped to help individuals find vaccine locations, answer medical questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and assist with registration, including but not limited to using the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine registry. This call center is available to anyone in Wisconsin, but will be particularly useful for those without internet access, or who experience barriers that inhibit internet use.
Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Check out this fact sheet to help you make a decision about the COVID-19 Vaccine: DHS Pregnant or Breastfeeding and the COVID-19 Vaccine
After you get the vaccine
The WI Department of Health Services (DHS) has adopted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new guidance for fully vaccinated people.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
- Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
- Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
- Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
WI DHS - Next Steps: After you receive the COVID-19 vaccine
WI DHS - Next Steps: After You Are Fully Vaccinated
Learn more: dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-after.htm or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
What You Should Know About the Possibility of COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination
Visit the CDI's website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/why-measure-effectiveness/breakthrough-cases.html