MADISON (WKOW) – As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took action to approve vaccines for children aged five to 11, local health agencies planned how they would distribute these vaccines to children in Wisconsin.
“We all suffered from this, but the children paid the price,” said Dr James Conway, medical director of immunization programs at UW Health. “This is where, hopefully, the children can go back to being more normal children. Go back to school in a normal setting while people get vaccinated, start playing again.”
Conway and other doctors are working with local health agencies and schools to immunize as many children and staff as possible.
SSM Health announced on Tuesday that it will work with schools in Middleton, Waunakee, Lodi and Sun Prairie over the next few weeks.
âThe schools will have employees who will be available at these events to help with traffic control, to help us organize the gymnasiums where the vaccines will be administered,â said Mo Kharbat, regional vice president of pharmacy services at SSM. Health. “School nurses will also be there to help immunize the children.”
For many parents in the Madison area who have waited almost a year to get their children vaccinated, it is a sigh of relief.
“It’s hard to feel like the shoe has finally fallen off,” said LeeAnn Ziegler, Madison’s mother of four. “You know, it’s hard. It’s hard to feel that it’s really there, that they’ll be really protected in a month maybe.”
But the wait is not yet over for most Wisconsin vaccinators. State agencies should always wait for clinical advice from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to begin administering injections to young children.
“This clinical advice from DHS will indicate that we are able to place our vaccine orders, and we will be able to open appointments for children aged five to 11 to receive vaccines at our public health vaccination clinics,” Public Health Madison & Dane County spokesperson Morgan Finke said.
Ziegler said she understood the need for all the steps, but was just ready to get her children immunized as soon as possible.
“It’s hard to take all of this, definitely,” Ziegler said. “But we’re almost there. We’re almost there.”
As the CDC took steps to approve vaccines for children ages five to 11, local health agencies made plans for how they would distribute these vaccines to children in Wisconsin.