As of Feb. 5, 2021:
COVID vaccines are available in Wisconsin to specific groups of people at higher risk for COVID-19 infection. It will take several months to reach all those in each priority phase because of limited vaccine supplies.
UW-Stevens Point Student Health Service plans to vaccinate eligible students and current employees on the Stevens Point campus when additional vaccine becomes available through the state allocation process. Student Health Service is now an approved vaccinator through Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) for COVID vaccine.
UW-Stevens Point is not a community vaccine site at this time. Retired employees are encouraged to seek the COVID-19 vaccine from their personal provider or local health department.
To help Student Health Service staff plan for this vaccination process, please complete a survey if you are in one of these categories currently eligible for vaccines:
- Frontline health care personnel
- Residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
- Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
- Adults ages 65 and older
If you are in one of these populations and haven't received the vaccine, please complete this survey:
Student Health Service will contact eligible individuals who complete the survey when the COVID-19 vaccine is available to schedule an appointment. The demand for vaccine far exceeds the supply Wisconsin receives currently but supplies from the federal government are expected to increase in the next 2-3 weeks.
If you are not in a currently eligible group, please do not complete the survey now. Please do not call Student Health Service directly for vaccine information.
Those currently eligible may also want to contact their health care providers directly or go to the organization's website for more information. Watch for details from county public health departments, too.
The next eligible group includes faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact. The state Department of Health Services anticipates the next group will be eligible about March 1, depending on vaccine supply. Student Health Service will provide additional information for these groups as it becomes available. For more details on vaccine eligibility, see www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a crucial part of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. To help inform your decision about the vaccine, see these trusted resources:
DHS - www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-faq.htm
CDC - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/
Please continue to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19: Wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, frequently wash your hands and continue university-sponsored COVID testing regularly on your campus.
Please see vaccination information for Portage County, Marathon County and Wood County for more information on vaccine rollout.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Heath Services, the vaccine will be disseminated in phases. Definitions of who is included in each phase is determined the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee. The phase definitions will determine when UWSP students and employees are eligible to receive the vaccine. Please note that it is expected the vaccine will not be widely available to community members until summer or later in 2021.