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Vaccination in Southwest Wisconsin
COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine six months following completion of the initial COVID-19 vaccination series for these groups:
- People ages 65 and older.
- People ages 18–64 at high risk of severe COVID-19.
- People ages 18–64 whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. This group includes health care workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons along with others.
Mayo Clinic Health System offers COVID-19 booster vaccinations to all eligible people.
If you are a Mayo Clinic Health System patient and are 65 and older, you will be contacted through Patient Online Services or by letter to schedule an appointment.
Mayo Clinic Health System will not send formal communication if you are:
- 18 and older and at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection
- 18 and older and your institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 puts you at high risk of severe infection
If you fall into one of these categories and are six months past your initial Pfizer vaccination series, you should schedule an appointment online using Patient Online Services.
At this time, people who initially received a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for a booster shot.
You also can call your local clinic in Southwest Wisconsin at 608-392-9633 to schedule a COVID-19 booster vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available from primary care providers in all Southwest Wisconsin locations.
Mayo Clinic Health System patients can directly schedule their vaccination appointment using Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App. Check availability in the "New Appointment" section of Patient Online Services. Select the "COVID-19 Vaccination" box to determine if times are available.
If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System patient currently or do not have access to Patient Online Services, call 608-392-7400 to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Children under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their appointment to provide consent for the vaccination. Alternatively, the child can bring a signed consent form completed by their parent or guardian. In the “Limitations” box on the form, please write “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.”
Reasons to delay your vaccination
You should delay scheduling your vaccination if:
- You are in quarantine from a recent COVID-19 exposure.
- You received a bone marrow transplant within the last six months.
- You had a recent COVID-19 infection or a positive COVID-19 test. While you may be vaccinated once you are released from isolation, consider waiting 14 days from the COVID-19 diagnosis because you are at lower risk for infection than others.
- You received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibody therapy in the last 90 days.
Questions about delaying your vaccination should be directed to your care provider.
Continue to be safe
While vaccines are effective in preventing symptoms from the COVID-19 infection, you should continue to observe the safety measures that are known to reduce transmission at this time:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.
What do I need to know about my vaccination appointment?
Before your appointment
- Review COVID-19 vaccine information:
- Complete the precheck-in process online through your Patient Online Services account.
- Read how Mayo Clinic responds to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause
During your appointment
- Wear a mask.
- Bring your insurance card.*
- Please arrive on time. Note: To help maintain proper social distancing, if possible, do not enter the building more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
- If possible, please enter the building by yourself. This helps maintain proper social distancing. If you need assistance, your companion will be welcome.
- When you arrive, you will be asked to complete the check-in process at a kiosk station. Assistance will be available if needed.
- Vaccines will be administered in a private space.
- Expect your appointment to last 15 to 40 minutes.
- If the vaccine you receive requires a second dose, you will be asked to schedule a second appointment before leaving your local vaccination site or by self-scheduling through Patient Online Services.
*The COVID-19 vaccine will be free. However, vaccine administration charges will be billed to insurance. We anticipate that the fee for vaccine administration will be covered by the payer at 100% and patients will not be billed for any unpaid charges.
After your appointment
- Continue to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from other people and wash your hands often.
- Schedule an appointment to receive your second dose of vaccine if you have not already done so.
- Monitor yourself for possible side effects, such as pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given; fever; fatigue; headache; muscle pain; chills; or joint pain.
- If you have a reaction, take some time to rest, and allow your body to recover. Stay home if you have a fever.
- Having reactions to the vaccine does not mean you have COVID-19. It is not necessary to have a COVID-19 test or to quarantine.
- If you have reactions that prevent you from eating, sleeping or going to work, contact your health care provider. Also contact your health care provider if you have reactions that last longer than three days.
- Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness and weakness. If you have any of these signs, call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency Department.