Covid-19 Vaccine Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: GHC-SCW will be following the recommendation from the CDC to pause administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until further information is provided and so we can educate our GHC care teams on these new developments. For individuals who already received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, there are no specific actions you need to take at this time. Please contact your provider if you have any significant side effects symptoms including severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain and shortness of breath. 

Federal agencies are doing the right thing by pausing until it can be determined whether the vaccine played a role in increasing risk for these events. Safety continues to be the number one priority in this vaccination effort. These clotting reports are extremely rare, and generally, this vaccine has shown to be safe and effective in preventing disease, hospitalization and death from the COVID-19. This pause has no impact on the safety and ongoing administration of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

UPDATE: GHC-SCW, along with many other health systems in Dane County, are still experiencing low vaccine allocations from the federal government. We appreciate your patience while we work through these shortages. We are eager to vaccinate members; however, GHC-SCW is only able to schedule appointments for the amount of vaccine we have on hand each week. We kindly ask that you do not call your healthcare provider or clinic for information about COVID-19 vaccines. This helps reserve our staffed phone lines for patients calling who are experiencing active symptoms or have acute care needs.

Same Day Vaccine Appointment Sign Up

Occasionally, GHC-SCW has extra doses of the COVID-19 vaccine due to cancelled appointments or individuals who unexpectedly can't make it to their appointment.  We want to maximize every COVID-19 vial that we open and do not want any doses to go unused. If you are interested in being contacted for same day appointments please click HERE to learn more and complete the sign up form. Completing this form does not guarantee an appointment or replace the scheduling process.

Vaccine Scheduling and Eligibility Guidelines   

Vaccine eligibility guidelines are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Vaccine appointment availability is dependent on the vaccine supply from the federal government.

GHC-SCW is currently scheduling vaccine appointments for the following eligible populations in priority order:

  • Frontline Healthcare Workers
  • Direct care personnel
  • Residents in skilled nursing or long-term care facilities
  • Fire and police personnel, Corrections personnel
  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Education and Childcare Personnel (In collaboration with Public Health Madison Dane County)
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers (911 operators, utility and communications infrastructure, public transit, and food supply chain workers​)
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Staff and residents in congregate living facilities
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions - Click HERE to view the full list of eligible conditions 
  • All individuals age 18 and older 

COVID-19 Information​

Click here to visit our COVID-19 general information webpage. ​

COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form: More Information

GHC-SCW continues to request more vaccine allocation to quickly and safely vaccinate all eligible members and patients. The best thing you can do is to complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form and make sure you have an active GHCMyChart account. Members will be notified via GHCMyChart when and how to schedule. If you are not already signed up, you can learn how at https://ghcscw.com/ghcmychart. Patients without an active GHCMyChart account may receive their invite by email or physical letter. GHCMyChart is the best way to receive vaccine scheduling and notifications. Due to the large number of eligible patients and the limited supply of available vaccine, we are vaccinating in phases.

​COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Phase 1A and 1B

If you are a GHC-SCW member or patient and are eligible based on 1A or 1B qualifications, please click HERE to fill out our vaccine interest form and make sure you have an active MyChart account.

​COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Members Age 65+

If you are a GHC-SCW member or patient age 65 and older who is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine click HERE to fill out our vaccine interest form or call GHC-SCW to schedule your vaccine appointment. 

Alternative Options to Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry allows Wisconsin residents to register for and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations locally – when they are eligible, and as vaccine becomes available. Those who are not eligible or unable to get an appointment have the option of being placed on a wait list through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. The vaccine registry will be used by those who opt in and will not be a comprehensive resource for all vaccination options. Learn more about this option here.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also announced that as a part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program certain Kroger stores will start to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting the week of March 2. Kroger joins Walgreens as pharmacy participants in the program to help provide a broader reach into communities in need of vaccine. In Wisconsin, Kroger includes the following Roundy’s grocery stores: Metro Market and Pick-n-Save. Learn more about this option here.

General Vaccine Information

The following frequently asked questions are intended to help answer some common questions individuals may have about the COVID-19 vaccines.  For PDF downloads of additional FAQ questions please use the following links: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ, Vacuna Contra El COVID-19 (Spanish), Cov Tshuaj Txhaj Tiv Thaiv COVID-19 (Hmong).

Q: What can I do to stay healthy until the vaccine is available?

A: It is critical that everyone takes steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Local hospitals are already strained caring for significant numbers of COVID-19 patients.

  • Don’t gather in the presence of those outside your immediate household. If you must, wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart.
  • Wear a mask when in public, even in outdoor locations.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing thoroughly and rinsing completely.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home.

Q: Can I get on a waiting list for the vaccine?

A: There are no waiting lists for vaccines at GHC-SCW. We want to be able to get these vaccines to our patients as quickly as possible when it becomes available. When we have updates, we will communicate with our patients and the community. If you are a GHC-SCW Member, the best thing you can do is make sure you have an active GHCMyChart account. If you are not already signed up, you can learn how at ghcscw.com/ghcmychart

Q: Can I get updates by calling my healthcare provider?

A: We understand people are eager to learn more about vaccines, but we kindly ask that you do not call your healthcare provider or clinic for information about COVID-19 vaccines. This helps reserve our staffed phone lines for patients calling who are experiencing active symptoms or have acute care needs.

Q: How can I stay up to date on when GHC-SCW will have vaccine?

A: We will communicate with our patients and community when we have updates about the availability of vaccines. If you are a GHC-SCW Member, the best thing you can do is make sure you have an active GHCMyChart account. If you are not already signed up, you can learn how at ghcscw.com/ghcmychart

Q: Where can I learn more about the vaccine and how it will be distributed?

A: If you are interested in reading more about vaccines, two great sources are the CDC and the WI Dept of HealthServices.

Below you will find links to the COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets for recipients and caregivers for the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.

Q: What should I do once I've been fully vaccinated?

A: Click HERE for more information on how to protect yourself and others once you have been fully vaccinated.