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Vaccine clinic to open at Superior's Wessman Arena

The community-based clinic expects to administer at least 200 Pfizer vaccines per day, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Wessman Arena on the UW-Superior campus will become a COVID-19 starting Tuesday, April 13. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
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A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will open at the Siinto S. Wessman Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus Tuesday, April 13. The clinic, run by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The site will administer the Pfizer vaccine.

Anyone ages 16 and older can schedule an appointment using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry . Eligible individuals will be notified when openings become available. The site is expected to administer at least 200 doses per day, with the ability to provide up to 500 doses per day, depending on vaccine supply.

Community-based vaccination clinics like the one at Wessman Arena are located throughout Wisconsin in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW System, AMI and local health departments, vaccinators and governments. The Douglas County clinic is the fifth in the state to open.

“We are proud to have our campus serve as the site for these services as we continue to play a role in our community’s response to COVID-19,” UWS Chancellor Renée Wachter said.

The Wessman Arena clinic will not impact any UWS student activities or sporting events. Spring commencement will be held in a virtual format.

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The Douglas County Health Department is working through its current hotline waiting list to see if people have email addresses and internet capability.

“If they do, we are sending their info to the new site for priority scheduling,” Douglas County Public Health Officer Kathy Ronchi said. “They should be checking for emails, inviting them to schedule" or visit the vaccine registry site.

The health department will schedule the others in its own clinics as it winds down, targeting homebound and hard-to-reach populations.

“I will be changing the hotline message to be for homebound, people with mobility challenges, etc.,” Ronchi said.

Douglas County Health Department staff have already started traveling to sites where employees such as truck drivers and transient workers might not be in the area for their second Pfizer shots. Ronchi said the county received a small allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was given to employees at Fraser Shipyard and Dave Evans Trucking.

“We will continue to outreach to those populations,” she said.

For vaccine-related questions and registration support, call 844-684-1064. For more information on available COVID-19 vaccination options, visit the Where can I get vaccinated? webpage, the Douglas County Public Health website and the UW-Superior Spring 2021 Microsite for more information.

UWS continues to host a free COVID-19 testing site for anyone 5 years of age and older in the Marcovich Wellness Center. Registration for a free test can be completed at doineedacovid19test.com .

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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