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Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Information

This ForwardHealth Portal page will be updated with Wisconsin-specific information about COVID-19 vaccines and Medicaid-related policies, as that information becomes available. ForwardHealth will also highlight key information for health care providers shared by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Public Health. The most comprehensive and current information can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-program.htm.

The Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Representatives of health care providers who will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine can receive the most up-to-date information about vaccine distribution in Wisconsin by emailing dhscovidvaccinator@wi.gov and signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine listserv from the Division of Public Health.

Note: Health care provider representatives are encouraged to use a work email affiliated with the health care provider to ensure they are added to the list quickly. Requests made using Gmail or other generic addresses may be delayed until the representative’s affiliation with a health care provider has been verified.

Providers who enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program will be approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine once a vaccine is made available. The COVID-19 vaccine will not be available for private purchase; it will only be available through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program. Enrollment is open now.

Providers Who Should Enroll

Enrollment is open to all providers that will vaccinate against COVID-19 such as health care systems, health care providers, pharmacies, local and tribal health departments, mass vaccination sites, and long-term care and assisted living facilities that are not participating in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program.

Providers interested in enrolling to administer the COVID-19 vaccine should review the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning document, which is based on planning assumptions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If providers find that they meet the requirements, they should enroll as soon as possible, especially if they plan to vaccinate priority populations such as health care workers, essential workers, or people aged 65 and older.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program, follow the steps outlined on the COVID-19: Program Information for Vaccinators webpage.

Receipt of COVID-19 Vaccine

After completing enrollment and obtaining approval from the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program, providers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as supply allows. During the first phases of vaccination, the Department of Health Services anticipates that the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program will be allocated a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine; therefore, recommendations will be limited to certain priority groups. The program plans to focus shipments of the vaccine to providers that can vaccinate those early priority groups.

As vaccine supply increases over time, the Department of Health Services anticipates vaccine allocations and recommendations will expand to other groups, and shipments will be made to a broader group of providers.

For More Information

Providers with questions about the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program may contact dhscovidvaccinator@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are partnering with CVS or Walgreens pharmacies to manage and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to their residents.

CVS and Walgreens pharmacy sites: These pharmacy providers will not need to enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program at this time because their national chains have a direct contract with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide vaccines during the first phase of vaccinations through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. The Department of Health Services will communicate with these providers in later phases when it is time for them to enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: Initial registration in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program concluded in early November. If a facility still wishes to opt into the program, they should email eocevent494@cdc.gov to sign up.

If a long-term care facility opts out of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, the long-term care facility can make arrangements to work with the pharmacy provider of their choice (see below). The long-term care facility and their partner pharmacy will be responsible for coordination of and adherence to all vaccine supply chain, storage, handling, administration, and reporting requirements including strict cold chain and public health reporting requirements.

Pharmacies: Local pharmacies that wish to provide COVID-19 vaccines and are not part of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program will need to enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program. If a nursing home or assisted living facility wishes to work with a pharmacy that is neither CVS nor Walgreens to vaccinate their residents, that pharmacy partner will need to enroll in the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program.

 
 
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