BARABOO (WKOW) — Educators in Wisconsin are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but some vaccinators need a little more time.
“Just because the eligibility came up today for the next round, we’re going to get to those too, but we’re just asking for a little grace in this time,” Treemanisha Stewart, Sauk County Public Health Director said.
She says they’re working to get vaccines to educators, but they’re just not ready yet.
“We’re hopeful that by the 8th or the 15th, that most of our vaccination sites are going to start doing [vaccinations],” Stewart said.
Rock County officials tell 27 News they won’t know their plan until a meeting Tuesday.
However, thanks to a Mercyhealth mass vaccination clinic for Janesville schools in January, they only have 540 educators left, county wide.
Green County educators will start to be vaccinated later this week, likely finishing first doses early next week.
They will host those clinics for schools.
Sauk County decided on a different approach.
“We really left it up to the school districts and the vaccination sites to kind of coordinate that and leave they county health department out of that,” Stewart said. “The more hands in a situation the murkier it gets.”
She says the county is acting as a liaison, getting the vaccines from DHS and passing them along to vaccinators.
One of the vaccinators, SSM Health says they’ll be working with Baraboo schools, but officials didn’t have anything set in stone yet.
Stewart says they have 14 vaccinators teamed up with school districts across the county, not including the Walgreens pharmacies.
She says they’ve already requested all the vaccines for educators from the state, it’s just a matter of when they arrive.