UW Health: Patients have options when receiving COVID-19 vaccines

MADISON, Wis. – In an effort to provide UW Health’s eligible patients with vaccine as quickly as possible, the system is now encouraging its patients to seek vaccinations wherever possible.

            The supply of vaccine UW Health has received from the state Department of Health Services to date is just a small fraction of what the health system needs to reach its patients in the community, according to Dr. Matt Anderson, senior medical director, primary care, UW Health.

            “While we are optimistic that the supply of vaccine will eventually increase, we have been told that non-health system vaccinators like pharmacies, local businesses, community organizations and pop-up vaccine clinics will play a large role in providing vaccinations,” he said.

            In addition to the available vaccination appointments at UW Health, we will provide our patients with information on other local vaccinators as it becomes available, Anderson said.

            It will be very important for patients who receive a vaccination from another vaccinator to cancel their appointments with UW Health so others can be scheduled in the open time slots.

            For the time being, however, please help us slow the spread of COVID-19 by: 

  • Staying home as much as possible 
  • Wearing a mask 
  • Keeping a safe distance from others 
  • Washing your hands frequently 
  • Quarantining if you feel ill 

            Anderson will be available for interviews today.