Information on How to Get the Vaccine
- Groups currently eligible for vaccine
- Options for where to get vaccinated
- What to expect when you get vaccinated by us
- General population availability
About the Vaccine
The high-level groups are listed below for brevity but are clearly defined at length on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. Confirm you are eligible by checking criteria there first.
- Frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents
- Fire and police personnel
- EMS staff
- People who are 65 years old or older
- Educators and child care providers
- Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
- Some public-facing essential workers like food supply, public transit, utility and communications infrastructure, and 911 operators
- Non-frontline health care essential personnel
- Congregate living facility staff and residents
If you are eligible for vaccine, there are several area options:
- Area pharmacies. Community pharmacies and those participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program might have vaccine available as well. Check the website for your local pharmacy, such as Walgreens.
- Mass vaccination sites. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is operating a series of vaccination sites. Any Wisconsin resident is able to be vaccinated at these sites, though keep in mind wherever you get your first dose, you will need to get your second dose there too.
- Your healthcare provider. Visit your provider's website for more instructions. Keep in mind that there is limited vaccine supply. Below are websites to a few of the most common providers in the area:
- Coordinated through your employer. If you are eligible because of your occupation, your employer can register your agency with Public Health or may be able to coordinate vaccine through your healthcare provider.
- If you’re an employer. Have one person from your organization fill out this informational form. After you submit this survey, you will receive an email with an “employer code” and additional instructions, including a link to send your eligible employees. Individuals are matched with appointments as vaccine becomes available.
- If you’re an individual who is self-employed. Fill out this informational form. You will receive a confirmation with additional details once you have submitted the form. If you are unable to fill out this form, please call us at 608-242-6328 and someone can help you fill it out via phone.
- Public Health. If you are not affiliated with a healthcare system that is able to vaccinate, we will vaccinate you or link you with an area vaccinator. Fill out this informational form to tell us more about your situation. If you are unable to fill out this form, please call us at 608-242-6328 and someone can help you fill it out via phone. Vaccines provided by Public Health Madison & Dane County are given at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison by appointment only. Transportation is available for those who need it. More information about this service is provided when an appointment is made.
Vaccine supply is limited, and that is why some groups have been prioritized over others. As a vaccinator authorized by the state, Public Health is required to follow the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) guidelines for vaccine prioritization.
Vaccine is not expected to be available to the general public until late spring. We will update this webpage as eligibility information is released from the state.
Vaccines given by Public Health are available to eligible individuals by appointment only.
- Review our fact sheet on the COVID-19 vaccine for an overview of the authorized vaccines.
- Read our series of blog posts about how the vaccine is developed, who gets it first and why, safety, and more.
- Other sources of credible vaccine information:
- For the latest data on vaccine distribution in Dane County, see our weekly Data Snapshots. Please note the Dane County vaccination progress is only updated by the state once per week.
- To stay up-to-date on vaccine rollout statewide, subscribe to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' weekly newsletter.