Wisconsin accelerates opening COVID-19 vaccines for residents with medical conditions – WISN Milwaukee

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MADISON, Wis.– The Wisconsin Department of Health Services revealed Tuesday it will speed up opening COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents age 16 and older with certain medical conditions.Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin
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The next eligibility group includes people age 16 and over with the following medical conditions: Asthma (moderate-to-severe) CancerCerebrovascular illness (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) Chronic kidney diseaseCOPD (persistent obstructive lung illness) Cystic fibrosisDown syndromeHeart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery illness, or cardiomyopathiesHypertension or high blood pressureImmunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or usage of other immune weakening medicinesLiver diseaseNeurologic conditions, such as dementiaObesity (body mass index of 30-39 kg/m2) Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2) PregnancyPulmonary fibrosis (having actually damaged or scarred lung tissues) Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more) Sickle cell diseaseType 1 or 2 diabetes mellitusThalassemia (a type of blood condition) Due to the restricted supply of vaccine and with this next eligible group most likely including more than 2 million people in Wisconsin eligible for the vaccine, service providers might need to prioritize people within this population who are at higher threat. The DHS said it will continue to keep an eye on vaccination coverage statewide and partner with vaccine suppliers in order to provide an upgraded vaccination timeline for the basic public.Individuals with the detailed medical conditions can access the vaccine through a range of choices, consisting of community-based centers, health care companies, tribal and local health departments and drug stores. Go To the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine alternatives page or call the toll-free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 to find out more.In the meantime, officials stated it was essential to double down on methods to stop the spread of COVID-19 due to emerging strains of the infection. The next eligibility group consists of people age 16 and over with the following medical conditions: Asthma (moderate-to-severe) CancerCerebrovascular disease (impacts blood vessels and blood supply to the brain) Chronic kidney diseaseCOPD (persistent obstructive lung disease) Cystic fibrosisDown syndromeHeart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery illness, or cardiomyopathiesHypertension or high blood pressureImmunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from strong organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune weakening medicinesLiver diseaseNeurologic conditions, such as dementiaObesity (body mass index of 30-39 kg/m2) Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2) PregnancyPulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more) Sickle cell diseaseType 1 or 2 diabetes mellitusThalassemia (a type of blood condition) Due to the limited supply of vaccine and with this next eligible group likely including more than 2 million people in Wisconsin eligible for the vaccine, service providers may need to focus on individuals within this population who are at higher risk. The DHS said it will continue to monitor vaccination protection statewide and partner with vaccine providers in order to provide an upgraded vaccination timeline for the general public.Individuals with the outlined medical conditions can access the vaccine through a range of options, consisting of community-based centers, health care suppliers, tribal and local health departments and pharmacies.