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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives and our community, we know many people are eager to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. We are eager and ready to provide the vaccine according to national and state guidelines as we receive supplies from the state. Here is the latest information we have to share.

  • We have been given permission by the state to begin vaccinating people ages 65 and older.
     
  • As our supply of vaccine from the state is limited, the Froedtert & MCW health network is currently vaccinating our patients who are 65 years of age or older. If you are our patient and meet this criteria, you will be contacted directly to schedule your vaccination. Learn more about how to prepare
     
  • As the vaccination supply becomes more available, we look forward to offering the vaccine as broadly as we can as soon as possible, while continuing to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines. By summer, we hope to have enough vaccine for everyone in our communities.
     
  • We are not offering a waiting list at this time, but will continue to provide updates regarding availability to our patients and the community so that you can receive your vaccination as soon as possible.
     
  • If you have questions about the vaccines, we encourage you to refer to the list of questions and answers below to help save you time before you call your provider’s office.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. When a vaccine becomes available to you, you can count on us to offer safe and easy ways to receive it.

    What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines

    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines effective during clinical trials in preventing COVID-19. The FDA carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
       
    • It took less time to develop the COVID-19 vaccine because it is an mRNA vaccine, not a conventional vaccine. While it took less than a year to develop the COVID-19 vaccines, the technology used to create them was developed after 30 years of research. What is the difference?
       
      • Conventional vaccines. Many vaccines, like the flu vaccine, require lots of bacteria or virus to be inactivated in a lab first. Growing conventional vaccines takes months to years.
         
      • mRNA vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is not a conventional vaccine — it is an mRNA vaccine. mRNA vaccines are made in a lab. No virus is needed to make the vaccine. Because it is synthetic, it can be produced faster in response to large outbreaks. mRNA does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
         
    • The COVID-19 vaccines were found effective during clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 and serious COVID-19 illness. The FDA’s scientific reviewers found the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness from seven days after receiving the second dose. Moderna was 94.1% effective in preventing from 14 days after receiving the second dose.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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