WISCONSIN (WAOW) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is announcing the groups that are next eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The next group can start getting vaccinations on March 29, and includes individuals age 16 and over with the following medical conditions:
Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more)
Sickle cell disease
Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
According to DHS, these medical conditions cause individuals to have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19 and the decision to include them in this phase was based off of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
The population size of this next eligible group is about 2 million individuals. Due to limited supply, health providers may have to prioritize those who are at higher risk in the group. Those priorities could be:
Individuals aged 50-64 with one or more high-risk conditions.
Individuals with two or more high-risk conditions.
Individuals with high-risk conditions that are severe or poorly controlled (for example, have required
hospitalization in the past year, or frequent health care encounters for intensive management).
Individuals from high-risk sociodemographic groups (for example, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, or
other people of color)
Depending on vaccine supply, DHS says Wisconsin may be able to open eligibility to the general public sometime in May.