Covid-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Phase 1A 

The State of Wisconsin is committed to a unified, state-wide approach to COVID-19 vaccinations. At this time, when demand is high and vaccine supply is limited, we are carefully following the guidance of the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) and facilitating vaccinations to health care personnel within tier 1A. There are individuals within Phase 1A who have not yet had their chance to be vaccinated and we are working to get them scheduled

Public Health has asked that Dane County organizations who employ individuals that meet the Tier 1A definition and are not yet matched with a vaccinator submit their information on the Public Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Members Age 65+

Si usted es miembro de GHC-SCW y tiene 65 años o más y está interesado en recibir la vacuna contra el Covid -19, haga click AQUÍ para llenar nuestro formulario de interés en la vacuna.

Para obtener información acerca de la vacuna contra el Covid para miembros de 65 años o mayores haga click AQUÍ.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that adults aged 65 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on January 25, 2021. This is incredible news and is generating quite a bit of excitement! GHC-SCW, like many health systems in Dane County, is working to finish vaccinating qualifying Tier 1A individuals, including our own front line staff. We are excited to start vaccinating members in Tier 1B soon, and we are busy finalizing operational plans and requesting more vaccine allocation to quickly and safely begin public vaccinations.  

If you are a member age 65 and older who is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine click HERE to fill out our vaccine interest form

This interest form will help guide the volume of vaccine we need for this phase and aid in our communication and outreach efforts. While this interest form does not guarantee an appointment or replace the scheduling process, we may contact you for same day appointments if they become available.

Due to the large number of eligible members, vaccine scheduling information will be sent in phases. Please know that if a friend or family member receives information first, you have not been missed. We ask that everyone be patient and partner with us as we work to vaccinate our members as quickly and efficiently as possible.

It is important to remember that there are approximately 1.3 million people eligible in Wisconsin in this current vaccination phase and our ability to vaccinate depends on a vaccine supply of approximately 100,000 per week in our state. ​We will proactively work to offer vaccinations as efficiently as possible. In the meantime, we ask that you please refrain from calling your health care provider or clinic for vaccine information or scheduling. This helps reserve our staffed phone lines for patients calling who are experiencing active symptoms or have acute care needs.  

If you are a GHC-SCW Member and are eligible based on your age, we will notify you via phone, e-mail, direct mail and/or through GHCMyChart when you are able to schedule an appointment. We plan on opening scheduling for those age 65 and over as soon as we have vaccine allocated to us to begin this next phase. We ask for your patience while we work through the logistics of mass vaccinating our membership while we also continue the quality health care services we provide every day.

General Vaccine Information

The following frequently asked questions are intended to help answer some common questions individuals may have about the COVID-19 vaccines.  

Q: When can I get the vaccine?

A: State guidelines determine who will receive the vaccine first. The vaccines will be given in “phases” that focus on specific groups of people. As vaccine supply and the number of vaccinators increase, phases for distribution may overlap. Currently these are the phases and groups eligible for vaccination:

Phase 1A

  • Medical and emergency workers
  • Residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities

Phase 1B

  • Police officers and firefighters
  • Starting January 25, 2021: People 65 years of age and older

If you are a GHC-SCW Member, the best thing you can do is 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.

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.

To help prevent the spread and reduce the pressure on hospitals:

  • 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. 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 at this time before it is available to the general public. 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 the 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 and Moderna vaccines.