Bellin Health physicians recommend that you should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available to you. The vaccine distribution will occur in phases with healthcare and other essential workers and those at highest risk receiving the vaccine in the earliest phases. Bellin is working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on vaccine distribution, using the CDC framework to guide its efforts. Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, and follow state and local recommendations.
The following Q&A's were developed by Bellin's medical staff to address some common questions and concerns.
Who determines the COVID-19 vaccine priority?
Who gets the vaccine and when is determined by the states of WI and MI in accordance with the prioritization laid out by the CDC.
We will keep our patients updated through a variety of channels including:
As always, the Bellin Health COVID-19 Hotline is available to answer your questions 24/7 at 920-445-7313.
Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?
Click below to access the most recent eligibility information issued by Wisconsin and Michigan.
How to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination?
Bellin Health has switched to a waitlist system procedure for COVID-19 vaccinations to account for allocation uncertainties and to make the scheduling process simpler and more efficient for patients and staff members alike.
Currently, Bellin Health has temporarily stopped scheduling new COVID-19 vaccination appointments via mybellin.org and the COVID-19 Hotline. Instead, patients and community members who are currently eligible for vaccination may request to be added to our waitlist by calling our COVID-19 Hotline at 920-445-7313.
Where will the COVID-19 vaccinations take place?
Green Bay: Bellin Health Ashwaubenon clinic campus, 1630 Commanche Avenue (vaccinations will be given in the turf gym area just inside the Northwest entrance)
Marinette: Bellin Health Marinette, 2820 Roosevelt Rd.
Iron Mountain: Bellin Health, 440 Woodward Avenue Unit 101
Do you take walk-ins at your vaccination sites?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept walk-in appointments for vaccinations. If you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, please utilize our waitlist system. To be placed on the waitlist, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 920-445-7313.
I’m worried there won’t be enough vaccines when it comes time to receive my second dose. What can you tell me?
We will schedule your second dose at the time you receive your first dose. This scheduling is factored into our planning process so we can ensure all second doses are given on time.
Why should I be vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccine is critical to ending this pandemic and eventually returning us to life as normal. It is safe, it is remarkably effective, and it is recommended for almost all individuals who meet age criteria (16-plus or 18-plus, depending on vaccine version). Bellin Health strongly recommends you receive the vaccine when it becomes available to you.
Does the vaccine actually protect against serious COVID-19 illness?
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without you having to become sick with COVID-19. If you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications. Early results from clinical trials have shown that some vaccines may be 94–95% effective in preventing the spread of illness from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated may also protect the people around you, especially those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
How long does protection against COVID-19 last once I receive the vaccine?
We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination, but further information from ongoing clinical trials will become public over time. In comparison, immunity to two similar coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, lasted at least three years.
What are the side effects to this vaccine?
The most common side effects found in the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine trials included pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, and joint pain. Side effects tended to be more frequent after the second dose, according to the analysis. No serious long-term effects of the vaccine have been found to date, and monitoring will be continued in trial participants for two years.
Can the COVID-19 vaccine actually make a COVID-19 infection worse?
No, there is no evidence that any of the coronavirus vaccines in development worsen a coronavirus infection. In fact, if you get COVID-19 infection after getting vaccinated, it will be less severe than if you had not been vaccinated.
Can I develop COVID-19 infection from the vaccine?
No, the vaccines in development do not contain active viruses, but only small fragments of the spike protein that allows the body to develop an immunity to the virus. There is no chance of getting COVID-19 infection from these vaccines.
When does protection against COVID-19 begin after the vaccine?
There is evidence of protection 12 days after the first dose. The 95% effectiveness is achieved seven days after the second dose.
What about allergic reactions to the vaccine?
There has been some recent media attention surrounding the allergy risks associated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Bellin Health’s Medical Branch continues to monitor these risks, and there are a few key points they would like you to share with your teams:
Click here for CDC information on COVID-19 vaccine allergies.
Should we be worried that this vaccine is approved under Emergency Use Authorization? Is the vaccine less safe than other vaccines because it was developed so quickly?
No, the EUA process has been deliberative, and despite some experts' fears, the authorization wasn't rushed to meet the artificial deadline of Election Day. People in the studies for new COVID-19 vaccines have been followed for at least two months after vaccination, which is long enough to see almost all side effects from any vaccine. Plus, because the new coronavirus has surged so severely in recent weeks, we've seen a mounting number of COVID-19 cases among placebo recipients—even as those who received the vaccine enjoyed robust protection. In that sense, the worsening of the pandemic has actually increased our confidence that Pfizer's vaccine is effective. As with any new drug or vaccine, there will be ongoing monitoring and reporting of side effects.
Should the vaccine be given to those previously infected with COVID-19?
Yes, data from clinical trials suggest the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and likely effective in people who were previously infected with the coronavirus, and vaccination should be offered to them. However, people with a current infection should not be vaccinated until the person has recovered, if they had symptoms, and if they're clear to leave isolation. There's no recommended minimum period between infection and vaccination, but since it appears reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, vaccination could be delayed until near the end of that period.
Should the vaccine be given to children?
Currently, neither vaccine is approved for children under 16. Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization covers ages 16-plus while Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s covers ages 18-plus.
Should pregnant/nursing mothers get the vaccine?
There have been a lot of questions — and some unfortunate misinformation — surrounding COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for pregnant or nursing mothers and rumors that vaccination can affect fertility. Here’s what you should know:
Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
Internet rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine inhibiting fertility are just that — rumors. There is no scientific evidence that the vaccine has any impact on fertility. Here are some key points:
Should we just give one dose of the vaccine to individuals in order to extend the supply to more people?
No, that is not recommended by the FDA. We recommend that people complete the two-dose series in order to achieve the 95% efficacy rate.
Can I finally stop wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?
The CDC has released guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. Click here to learn more.
Masks and social distancing will be recommended for some time after people are vaccinated. While the vaccine is highly effective, it is not 100%, and it is not yet known how well it prevents asymptomatic infection or how long its effects will last. Taking precautions like masking and physical distancing will be important until the spread has stopped.
Messenger RNA technology is new. How do we know it is safe?
There are several reasons why we know mRNA technology is safe. First, mRNA vaccine technology is not entirely new. Human trials of cancer vaccines using the same mRNA technology have been taking place since at least 2011.
Second, mRNA vaccines do not alter your DNA. That idea is completely false and has no scientific basis or rationale for that to happen. Once the injected mRNA enters a human cell, it degrades quickly and only stays in the body for a couple of minutes or hours. This is why people need two injections to develop the best immune response.
Third, mRNA vaccines are very specific. They are designed to only trigger an immune response to the virus's spike protein, which is just one component of the viral membrane and enables the virus to invade our cells.
You may have heard about “post-COVID long haulers” or “long-haul COVID.” These aren’t technical terms, but they’re common names for a common condition: people who have had COVID-19 and still haven’t returned to their pre-COVID state of health after weeks or even months.
It’s estimated that up to 30% of patients continue to have serious problems for two or three weeks, and up to 10% are still having problems after three to six months. Here are a few things you should know about the condition.
What are the symptoms of long COVID?
Symptoms common to long COVID (medical professionals generally call it “long COVID,” “post-acute COVID,” or “chronic COVID”) are similar to the regular symptoms of COVID-19: fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, cough, difficulty concentrating, inability to exercise, headache, difficulty sleeping, racing heartbeat, chest pains, ongoing loss of taste and smell, GI symptoms, intermittent fevers, chills, and “brain fog.” The main difference is that while regular COVID-19 symptoms usually go away, long COVID symptoms continue even after the patient doesn’t have any detectable virus in their body.
Who gets long COVID?
We see long COVID in two groups: people who’ve had damage to organs like their heart or lungs (generally after severe COVID-19) and people who just continue to have symptoms for reasons we don’t entirely understand. Medical professionals are working all the time to learn more about long COVID.
We do know we’re more likely to see long COVID in people over the age of 50, people who already have two or three chronic illnesses, and people who got very sick when they first had COVID-19.
Is Bellin Health ready to treat long COVID?
Absolutely. We’ve always been dedicated to the close relationships between our care providers and our patients, and those relationships are key in treating COVID-19 long-term. We know you and your medical needs, and we know what to look for and how to treat chronic conditions like long COVID. Bellin is with you all the way.
We’re here to help.
It starts with a call to your Bellin Health primary care provider who will assess your symptoms and, if needed, connect you with additional members of your Bellin care team.
If you don’t have a primary care provider, simply call our Long COVID Care Hotline at 920-445-7395. One of our trained navigators will get you connected to the care you need.
An easy way to access COVID-19 testing, or to determine if you have symptoms, is to sign up for MyBellinHealth. It’s free, easy to do, and gives you access to online tools that make healthcare more effective, efficient, and convenient.
When might you want to be tested?
To determine if you need a test (or other care) and to sign up for a testing time:
Bellin has testing sites in Wisconsin and Michigan at the following locations:
When and how can I expect results?
Note: Please do not present to your local clinic or hospital for COVID-19 testing or schedule a standard clinic appointment online for COVID-19 testing. If you are seriously ill, call 911.
Bellin offers COVID-19 testing for current and new patients. Learn more.
Will I owe for testing?
Ultimately, you should not owe anything for your test. Here is how it breaks down:
Why do I see a balance in MyBellinHealth?
What’s the difference between viral testing and antibody testing?
There are two kinds of tests for COVID-19. If you’ve been exposed to the virus, Bellin will perform a viral test, which shows if you have a current infection. That’s a simple nasal swab that will provide results within two to seven days.
The other kind of test is called an antibody test. This test determines whether you’ve been infected in the past and is performed via blood draw. It won’t determine if you’re infected now—the body takes one to three weeks to develop antibodies after infections. The serum antibody test takes about a week to provide results.
Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise all across the country. But the disease can only spread when people come in direct contact with infected people or contaminated surfaces. You can take precautions to help prevent getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others.
Why am I being asked to wear a mask?
The CDC recommends people wear cloth coverings over their nose and mouth when in public and around people who aren’t in their household. This is because it’s possible to have COVID-19, and to be contagious, without experiencing symptoms—you could have it and not know it. A mask keeps respiratory droplets from traveling into the air when someone speaks or coughs, where other people can inhale them and potentially become infected. When you wear a mask, it protects other people from you, and when they wear a mask, it protects you from them. Bellin encourages you to join us in looking out for each other, showing that you care by wearing a mask when you’re out of the house or around other people.
Are my groceries safe? What about my mail?
While it is possible to contract COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces, it’s the less common way of becoming infected. (Most infections come from person-to-person contact.) With some simple precautions, you can feel safe bringing your groceries and packages inside. After you put away your groceries or open your mail, recycle or toss the bags and packaging, rather than keeping them for future reuse. And always wash your hands, for 20 seconds with soap and water, immediately after touching anything that might be contaminated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about our daily lives, from work and school schedules to social calendars and, yes, the way we approach healthcare. And at every step of the way, Bellin Health has had your safety and well-being in mind.
Early on in the pandemic, we chose to postpone all non-urgent appointments to prevent the spread of the disease and conserve critical resources. Now, in light of our current circumstances and the progress that has been made, physician leadership at Bellin Health have determined that it’s not just safe, but important to reconnect with all of our patients for your healthcare needs.
Get the facts on COVID-19 and the virus that causes it.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans. The type of coronavirus causing the current pandemic is called SARS-CoV-2. This virus has never been seen before—scientists refer to it as “novel”—and much is still being learned about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes. Humans have no natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2, and currently, there is no vaccine.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. It’s an abbreviation of “coronavirus disease 2019” (2019 being the year the novel coronavirus was discovered).
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads via respiratory droplets from an infected person. This can happen when a person touches a surface that’s been contaminated with droplets, or when a person is in close physical contact—less than six feet—of an infected person.
Who is at risk for COVID-19?
Anyone of any age or level of health can become infected by COVID-19. But some people are more susceptible, and some people are at greater risk for severe illness if they get it. That includes:
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 comes with a variety of symptoms, but most have been described as “flu-like.” Symptoms appear an average of five to six days after exposure to the virus, although it can be as little as two days or as long as 14 days. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
What should I do if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
First of all, don’t panic. Next, concentrate on keeping the virus from spreading more—don’t leave your house, don’t have guests over, and if you live with others, try to isolate yourself from them as much as possible. Keep this up for 14 days after your last contact with an infected person, and watch for a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
If you start to experience symptoms, please don’t show up at a clinic or hospital—stay home, call your healthcare provider or the Bellin Health COVID-19 Hotline at 920-445-7313 and make arrangements to be tested in a safe location or to be seen by a provider should symptoms warrant. You can also visit MyBellinHealth to access our COVID-19 Self-Triage tool and to schedule a test.
Note: If you are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911, tell them your symptoms, and tell them you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 so the ambulance crew can take the proper precautions.
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Help is available for those still experiencing symptoms, related ailments
GREEN BAY — Individuals who continue to suffer from COVID-19 symptoms weeks or even months post-infection have a new tool in fighting their illness.
Bellin Health has launched Long COVID Care, a service dedicated to caring for patients who are still experiencing symptoms and related ailments long after their active infection has passed. These issues may include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, body aches, joint pain, difficulty sleeping, headaches, brain fog, gastrointestinal issues, and dizziness.
Though not technical terms, “post-COVID long-haulers” and “long-haul COVID” have become common names for a common condition — the failure to return to a pre-COVID state of health weeks or even months after active infection has ended. Bellin’s new service is named for these now-common terms.
“While some patients recover from COVID-19 relatively quickly and completely, we know that up to 30 percent of patients continue to have symptoms for weeks after testing positive — even when tests no longer detect virus in their body,” said Bellin Health Primary Care physician Dr. James Jerzak, who has led the health system’s efforts in developing the new service. “What’s more, as many as 10 percent are still afflicted three to six months later, which can have a significant impact on their quality of life and overall health.”
Bellin Health’s Long COVID Care service is rooted in a patient’s relationship with their Primary Care Provider, allowing for personalized, ongoing care as long as the patient requires it.
More information about the new Long COVID Care service is available at bellin.org/covid19#long.
Hay ayuda disponible para aquellos que todavía experimentan síntomas, dolencias asociadas a COVID
GREEN BAY — Las personas que siguen sufriendo los síntomas del COVID-19 semanas o hasta meses después de la enfermedad tienen una nueva herramienta para combatirla.
Bellin Health ha lanzado Cuidado de COVID Prolongado, un servicio dedicado a atender a los pacientes que siguen experimentando síntomas y malestares relacionados con la enfermedad mucho después de que haya pasado la infección activa. Estos problemas pueden incluir dificultad para respirar, tos, fatiga, dolores corporales, dolor en las articulaciones, dificultad para dormir, dolores de cabeza, niebla cerebral, problemas gastrointestinales y mareos.
Aunque no son términos técnicos, los términos como "COVID Prolongado" se han convertido en nombres comunes para una condición común—la incapacidad de volver a un estado de salud anterior a COVID semanas o hasta meses después de haber terminado la infección activa. El nuevo servicio de Bellin lleva el nombre por estos términos que ahora son comunes.
"Aunque algunos pacientes se recuperan de COVID-19 de forma relativamente rápida y completa, sabemos que hasta el 30 por ciento de los pacientes siguen teniendo síntomas durante semanas después de dar positivo, incluso cuando las pruebas ya no detectan el virus en su cuerpo," ha dicho el Dr. James Jerzak, médico de Atención Primaria de Bellin Health, que ha dirigido los esfuerzos del sistema de salud para desarrollar el nuevo servicio. "Es más, hasta un 10 por ciento sigue afectado de tres a seis meses después, lo que puede tener un impacto significativo en su calidad de vida y en su salud en general."
El servicio Cuidado de COVID Prolongado de Bellin Health se basa en la relación del paciente con su proveedor de atención primaria, lo que permite una atención personalizada y continua mientras el paciente lo requiera.
Para más información sobre el nuevo servicio Cuidado de COVID Prolongado, visite la página web bellin.org/covid19#long.
Eligible individuals include community members age 65 and up
OCONTO — Bellin Health has opened COVID-19 vaccination sites in Oconto and Marinette with limited appointments this week for eligible individuals. Site locations are as follows:
Hours for both sites are 7 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday and 9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays. Please note that appointment availability will vary according to the vaccination allocation Bellin receives from the state of Wisconsin. Vaccinations are by appointment only; we are not accepting walk-ins at this time. Vaccinations also can be scheduled at the Bellin Health Ashwaubenon clinic campus location, 1630 Commanche Avenue, Green Bay.
Individuals who are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations include:
Individuals may schedule via their MyBellinHealth account (free and available to patients and non-patients alike) or by calling the Bellin Health COVID-19 hotline at (920) 445-7313. Those who are scheduling their vaccinations should note that both the hotline and MyBellinHealth are experiencing some delays due to high volumes. We appreciate our patients and community members’ patience as we navigate this process.
Vaccine-eligible patients and community members may have received a MyBellinHealth email or app notification that they are able to schedule their vaccine. If so, they may follow these detailed instructions to schedule. If eligible individuals have not yet received this prompt, they are still able to schedule by following these detailed instructions or by calling (920) 445-7313.
Bellin Health will share specifics about vaccine scheduling for the recently announced Phase 1B as it becomes available.
Las personas elegibles son los miembros de la comunidad de 65 años o más
OCONTO — Bellin Health ha abierto sitios de vacunación COVID-19 en Oconto y Marinette con citas limitadas esta semana para las personas elegibles. Las localizaciones son las siguientes:
Los horarios de ambos sitios son 7 am – 5 pm, Lunes – Viernes and 9 am – 1 pm, Sábados. Tenga en cuenta que la disponibilidad de citas variará según la distribución de vacunas que Bellin reciba del estado de Wisconsin. Las vacunas son sólo con cita; no aceptamos personas sin cita en este momento. También se pueden hacer cita para las vacunarse en el campus de la clínica Bellin Health Ashwaubenon, 1630 Commanche Avenue, Green Bay.
Las personas que actualmente pueden recibir las vacunas COVID-19 son:
Las personas pueden hacer su cita a través de su cuenta de MyBellinHealth (gratuita y disponible para pacientes y personas que no son pacientes) o llamando a la línea directa de COVID-19 de Bellin Health al 920-445-7313. Aquellos que están planeando sus vacunaciones deben tener en cuenta que tanto la línea directa como MyBellinHealth están experimentando algunas demoras debido a los altos números de personas interesadas en vacunarse. Apreciamos la paciencia de nuestros pacientes y miembros de la comunidad mientras navegamos por este proceso.
Es posible que los pacientes y miembros de la comunidad que estan elegibles para la vacuna hayan recibido un correo electrónico de MyBellinHealth o una notificación de la aplicación de que pueden hacer la cita para la vacuna. Si es así, pueden seguir estas instrucciones detalladas para hacer la cita. Si las personas elegibles aún no han recibido este aviso, todavía pueden hacer una cita siguiendo estas instrucciones detalladas o llamando al 920-445-7313.
Bellin Health compartirá los detalles de hacer cita de la vacuna de la recién anunciada Fase 1B en cuanto estén disponibles.
Bellin Health has opened its COVID-19 vaccination sites in Oconto and Marinette with limited appointments this week.
The Oconto site is located in the gymnasium of the Bellin Health Bond Center, and the Marinette site is located on the second floor of the Bellin Marinette clinic. Hours for both sites are 7 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Friday and 9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays.
Schedules were opened as follows for this week. Please note that all appointments had filled as of this afternoon.
As more vaccinations arrive, we will continue to open the schedule for future dates. A big thank you to everyone involved in getting this site up and running. Patient feedback has been very positive and the process has been very smooth.
Bellin Health ha abierto sus centros de vacunación COVID-19 en Oconto y Marinette con citas limitadas esta semana.
La zona de Oconto está situada en el gimnasio del Bellin Health Bond Center, y la zona de Marinette está situada en el segundo piso de la clínica Bellin Marinette. Los horarios de ambos sitios son 7 am – 5 pm, Martes – Viernes and 9 am – 1 pm, Sábados.
Las citas se han abierto de la siguiente manera para esta semana. Tenga en cuenta que todas las citas se han llenado a partir de esta tarde.
A medida que lleguen más vacunas, seguiremos abriendo el calendario para futuras fechas. Un gran agradecimiento a todos los que han participado en la apertura de estos centros. Los comentarios de los pacientes han sido muy positivos y el proceso ha sido muy eficaz.
Strong demand for 65-Plus COVID vaccination appointments causing web and phone delays
GREEN BAY — With Tuesday’s announcement that individuals age 65 and older can now schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments, it quickly became clear at Bellin Health that demand would be very strong. As a result, there have been longer than usual wait times for scheduling, both online and by phone.
“We are really encouraged by the strong demand we’re seeing for vaccination appointments among those ages 65 and older,” said Kathy Kerscher, Bellin Health Vice President of Primary Care. “We want to provide as many vaccines to eligible groups as possible. We have ramped up our online capabilities via mybellin.org and added customer service representatives to our phone scheduling lines in anticipation of strong demand — but it’s been even greater than expected, resulting in longer wait times. We ask everyone trying to schedule an appointment to please be patient.”
Kerscher said this initial surge should even out over the next 24 to 48 hours, allowing for more people to get through.
“I’d not only like to thank the public for their patience but would like to thank our customer service representatives and our I.T. personnel for putting in extra time and effort to accommodate this surge,” Kerscher said.
Those now eligible to receive the vaccine, in accordance with State of Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, include individuals age 65 and older, healthcare workers, first responders and police, and fire personnel.
Vaccinations for these groups only can be scheduled via an individual’s MyBellin account or by calling the Bellin Health COVID-19 hotline at 920-445-7313. Individuals do not need to be Bellin patients to schedule vaccinations.
Vaccinations will be administered at the following locations:
Bellin Health will continue to keep patients and the community updated via the following channels:
La fuerte demanda de citas para la vacunación de COVID para mayores de 65 años o más causa retrasos en el web y por teléfono.
GREEN BAY — Con el anuncio del Martes de que las personas de 65 años o más pueden ahora hacer citas para la vacunación COVID-19, rápidamente se hizo evidente en Bellin Health que la demanda sería muy fuerte. En consecuencia, ha habido tiempos de espera más largos de lo normal para la coordinación de citas, tanto en línea como por teléfono.
"Estamos realmente motivados por la fuerte demanda que estamos viendo para las citas de vacunación entre los mayores de 65 años", dijo Kathy Kerscher, Vicepresidenta de Atención Primaria de Bellin Health. "Queremos ofrecer la mayor cantidad posible de vacunas a los grupos elegibles. Hemos aumentado nuestras capacidades en línea a través de mybellin.org y hemos añadido representantes de servicio al cliente a nuestras líneas de citas telefónicas en anticipación de la gran demanda - pero ha sido aún mayor de lo esperado, resultando en tiempos de espera más largos. Pedimos a todos los que intentan hacer una cita que tengan paciencia".
Kerscher dijo que esta oleada inicial debería estabilizarse en las próximas 24 a 48 horas, lo que permitiría el paso de más personas.
"No sólo me gustaría agradecer al público su paciencia, sino también a nuestros representantes del servicio de atención al cliente y a nuestro personal informático por dedicar mucho tiempo y esfuerzo para acomodar esta oleada", dijo Kerscher.
Las personas que ahora pueden recibir la vacuna, de acuerdo con las directrices de vacunación COVID-19 del Estado de Wisconsin, son las personas de 65 años o más, los trabajadores sanitarios, los primeros intervinientes y la policía, y el personal de bomberos.
Las vacunas para estos grupos sólo se pueden coordinar a través de la cuenta a MyBellin del individuo o llamando a la línea de atención COVID-19 de Bellin Health al 920-445-7313. Las personas no necesitan ser pacientes de Bellin para hacer una cita para vacunarse.
Las vacunas se administrarán en los siguientes lugares:
Bellin Health seguirá manteniendo informados a los pacientes y a la comunidad a través de los siguientes canales:
Scheduling is open for vaccinations beginning Jan. 25
GREEN BAY — In accordance with state of Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, Bellin Health will begin vaccinating individuals age 65 and older starting Monday, Jan. 25.
Vaccinations for individuals age 65 and older can be scheduled via an individual’s MyBellinHealth account or by calling the Bellin Health COVID-19 hotline at (920) 445-7313. Individuals do not need to be Bellin patients to schedule vaccinations.
Vaccinations will be administered at the following locations:
Please note: Appointment availability will be dependent on vaccine supply. A limited number of vaccinations for individuals ages 65-plus may be available this week.
Bellin Health will continue to keep patients and the community updated via the following channels:
Citas para la vacunación están abiertas a partir del 25 de Enero
GREEN BAY — De acuerdo con las directrices de vacunación COVID-19 del estado de Wisconsin, Bellin Health comenzará a vacunar a las personas de 65 años o más a partir del Lunes, 25 de Enero.
Las vacunas para las personas de 65 años o más se pueden hacer una cita a través de la cuenta MyBellinHealth de la persona o llamando a la línea directa COVID-19 de Bellin Health al 920-445-7313. Las personas no necesitan ser pacientes de Bellin para hacer una cita para las vacunas.
Las vacunas se administrarán en los siguientes lugares:
Nota: La disponibilidad de citas dependerá del suministro de vacunas. Un número limitado de vacunas para personas mayores de 65 años puede estar disponible esta semana.
Bellin Health seguirá manteniendo informados a los pacientes y a la comunidad a través de los siguientes canales:
Site opens Monday, Jan. 18 for individuals in Phase 1A
ASHWAUBENON — Bellin Health will open a COVID-19 vaccination site Monday, Jan. 18 at the Bellin Health Ashwaubenon clinic, 1630 Commanche Ave.
Vaccine prioritization is occurring in accordance with the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Currently, vaccination is available to individuals in Phase 1A, which includes healthcare providers and skilled nursing facility residents and staff. Phase 1B will include essential workers and individuals aged 70-plus. More details about Phase 1B, including when it will begin, will be shared soon. Click here for more information about DHS prioritization.
The new site will allow Bellin to vaccinate more individuals with a better logistical flow as additional phases open up, said Bellin Health President & CEO Chris Woleske.
“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in our area is exciting news for our community, and we want to make it as easy as possible for eligible individuals to be vaccinated as rollout proceeds,” Woleske said. “This new site offers a convenient location and ease of parking and building access, making the vaccination process as simple as possible for those we serve.”
Please note: Only individuals who qualify for the current phase of vaccination will be able to schedule vaccines. Bellin patients and community members are encouraged to create their MyBellin accounts now for quick and easy scheduling when they are eligible to be vaccinated.
Individuals who arrive at the new site to be vaccinated should enter the Ashwaubenon clinic at the Northwest entrance and follow the signage to the vaccination location. Masking is required. After receiving their vaccine, individuals will need to wait 15 minutes for monitoring before departing.
Bellin Fitness members should note that a section of the turf will be closed for use during vaccination hours, 7 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday and 8 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. The other portions of the Fitness Center will remain open for use.
Bellin Health currently is vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. Scheduled vaccinations will continue there for the time being and eventually transfer to the Ashwaubenon site.
Bellin Health will share additional details about vaccination prioritization and process as they become available. More information about COVID-19 and the vaccine is available at bellin.org/covid19.
El sitio abrirá el Lunes 18 de Enero para los individuos de la Fase 1A
ASHWAUBENON — Bellin Health abrirá un sitio de vacunación COVID-19 el Lunes, 18 de enero en la clínica Bellin Health Ashwaubenon, 1630 Commanche Ave.
La priorización de las vacunas se está llevando a cabo de acuerdo con las directrices establecidas por los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Wisconsin. Actualmente, la vacunación está disponible para las personas en la Fase 1A, que incluye a los proveedores de atención médica y a los residentes y el personal de los centros de enfermería especializada. La Fase 1B incluirá a los trabajadores esenciales y a las personas mayores de 70 años. Pronto se darán más detalles sobre la Fase 1B, incluida la fecha de inicio. Haz clic aquí para obtener más información sobre la priorización del DHS.
El nuevo centro permitirá a Bellin vacunar a más personas con un mejor flujo logístico a medida que se abran fases adicionales, dijo el presidente y director general de Bellin Health, Chris Woleske.
"La llegada de la vacuna COVID-19 a nuestra zona es una noticia emocionante para nuestra comunidad, y queremos facilitar al máximo la vacunación de las personas que cumplen los requisitos a medida que avanza el desarrollo", dijo Woleske. "Este nuevo centro ofrece una ubicación conveniente y facilidad de estacionamiento y acceso al edificio, lo que hace que el proceso de vacunación sea lo más sencillo posible para las personas a las que servimos."
Tenga en cuenta: Sólo las personas que cumplen con los requisitos para la fase actual de vacunación podrán hacer una cita para las vacuna. Se recomienda a los pacientes de Bellin y a los miembros de la comunidad que creen sus cuentas de MyBellin ahora para hacer citas de manera rápida y fácil cuando sean elegibles para ser vacunados.
Las personas que lleguen al nuevo centro para vacunarse deberán entrar en la clínica de Ashwaubenon por la entrada noroeste y seguir la indicación del lugar de vacunación. Se requiere el uso de mascarilla. Después de recibir la vacuna, los individuos tendrán que esperar 15 minutos para el monitoreo antes de salir.
Los miembros de Bellin Fitness deben tener en cuenta que una sección del césped estará cerrada durante el horario de vacunación, de 7 am – 5 pm de Lunes – Viernes y de 8 am – 4 pm los Sábados y Domingos. Las otras partes del centro de fitness permanecerán abiertas para su uso.
Bellin Health está vacunando actualmente a las personas de la Fase 1A en el Bellin Memorial Hospital de Green Bay. Las vacunaciones programadas continuarán allí por el momento y eventualmente se trasladarán al centro de Ashwaubenon.
Bellin Health compartirá detalles adicionales sobre la priorización y el proceso de vacunación a medida que estén disponibles. Más información sobre COVID-19 y la vacuna está disponible en bellin.org/covid19-spanish.