Waukesha County opens vaccine clinic

NOW: Waukesha County opens vaccine clinic

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – Waukesha County opened its vaccine clinic on Monday, Feb. 8. The goal is to get 1,000 people vaccinated before the end of the week.

The clinic is at the county fairgrounds, which has also served as a COVID testing site.

“It didn’t hurt, it wasn’t painful, it was great,” says Kristine Carrol, a Waukesha resident who received her first dose of the COVID vaccine.

Carrol and her husband had COVID back in May.

“I didn’t know if I would get it worse and I didn’t want to go through it again,” says Carrol. “My husband had it worse than I did. He was hospitalized for two days.”

With this facility, and by the end of the week, the county plans on finishing phase 1A.

Eligible people in the 65 and older category are advised to contact their health provider to find a vaccine site.

The state is working at the facility for the first two days while they get things up and running.

“We had over 200 of our employees stand up and say they’d volunteer to help out at the clinic,” says Paul Farrow, Waukesha County executive. “And those are the evening hours and weekends, as we are able to get more vaccines and can go seven days a week.”

One-thousand vaccines will be administered this week.

With bigger shipments, officials say they could have the capacity for 1,000 vaccines per day to those who register.

This would then allow for more people like Kelsie Reason to get vaccinated.

“I work in a long-term care program, so it’s really good to know that I’m taking the steps to make sure that the people that I partner with are healthy and safe,” says Reason.

“It protects all of us because some people get it worse, and you don’t want to go through that,” says Carrol. “I would tell everyone to get a shot.”

This is just one of a dozen vaccine clinics the county has, which includes partnerships with health care providers.

Those who are eligible or don’t have a provider can register on their website, HERE

There you will find a step-by-step registration process for those who qualify.

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