By Brandi Makuski
The vaccination period for people in Phase 1B begins on Jan. 18.
Wisconsin is already in Phase 1A of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which includes frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. People in group 1A who haven’t yet received their booster should contact their employers for details. Local paramedics and EMTs began receiving their booster shots earlier this month.
Phase 1B is broken into two parts; first responders, police officers, and non-paramedic firefighters can receive their injections through the county health department or at Aspirus.
The second part is still awaiting approval by the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee and includes people age 70 and older, as well as teachers, workers in childcare settings, and those who live in group settings such as jail, group homes, and mental health facilities. The state health department has not said when these groups will be eligible for the vaccine.
Police and fire department personnel eligible for the vaccine can receive their injections at Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine, 425 Wind Ridge Dr. in Wausau, or Aspirus Stevens Point Clinic, 5409 Vern Holmes Dr. in the Portage Co. Business Park.
Vaccinations are available by appointment only and no walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled directly by police and fire department personnel by calling 715-847-2812.