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Healthcare organizations urge patience, adherence to COVID-19 guidelines as vaccines are distributed

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 2:22 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Dane County healthcare and public health organizations are urging the public to be patient and continue adhering to public health guidelines as a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccines are distributed.

Their message comes as some healthcare organizations have began administering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. A release indicates it’s important to remember that the limited amount of vaccines will first be distributed to healthcare workers, essential workers and people 75 years of age and older.

“As production of the currently authorized vaccines ramps up, and hopefully other vaccines are approved, availability should improve,” the organizations said. “But for most Americans this availability is still months away, which means patience and diligence to public health guidelines will be crucial to limit further spread of the virus, hospitalizations and even deaths.”

The public can continue to protect themselves and one another from COVID-19 by following guidelines in place.

Additionally, the release indicates healthcare providers cannot add people to a wait list or pre-schedule vaccination for future availability. Healthcare organizations are asking people not to call with requests for the vaccine at this time.

“While there is much enthusiasm in our community to receive the vaccine, please know that only those who meet the CDC criteria for risk can receive it at this time,” the organizations said.

The status of vaccinations in Wisconsin can be found on the Department of Health Services vaccine data page.

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