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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose For Ages 16+

Advertisements MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Friday that it supports the recent federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that 16- and 17-year-olds receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation calls for the booster to be administered at least six months after the second dose of […]

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Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Advertisements Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding from the federal government to address mental health and substance use needs. The funding—part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March—will add $24.6 million to mental health services and $22 million to substance […]

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Governor Evers, DHS Urge COVID-19 Vaccination Ahead of 2021-2022 School Year

Advertisements Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourage anyone attending school in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This includes children ages 12 and up as well as anyone planning to attend in-person classes at a college or university. “Getting vaccinated now […]

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Is Your Home Healthy?

Advertisements Increased time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic means many Wisconsin families have been exposed to more health hazards due to unsafe housing conditions, including lead paint, radon, asthma triggers, secondhand smoke, or mold, according to the Department of Health Services. “For too many families in Wisconsin, home is not always the healthy haven […]

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services creates Office of Health Equity

Advertisements The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will create a new office to tackle disparities in health care and hire a new executive to run it, according to a press release from the department. “Structural racism contributes directly to unequal access to wealth, housing, food, and health care. All of these factors, in turn, have […]

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City’s Tyler-Domer Community Center To Be COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Advertisements City of Racine – Today, Dottie-Kay Bowersox, the City of Racine Public Health Administrator, and Mayor Cory Mason announced that thanks to a partnership with the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin National Guard, another of the City’s community centers, the Tyler-Domer Community Center, will be a COVID-19 community […]

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DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics

Advertisements The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces it is helping employers and community-based organizations connect with vaccine providers in order to offer on-site vaccinations. This will help bring vaccinations to where people are and provide increased protection from COVID-19 in their communities. The program is part of the statewide effort to promote vaccine […]

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Some Wisconsin FoodShare Recipients to Receive Additional Emergency Allotment Benefits

Advertisements The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued new guidance on April 1 that will ensure all FoodShare households receive a minimum amount of emergency benefits. Households began receiving these benefits over the weekend. DHS estimates that under this new guidance Wisconsin will provide more than $75 million in emergency allotments to over 411,000 […]

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DHS Transitions to VaccineFinder

Advertisements The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will begin using VaccineFinder to help people more easily locate available vaccine providers who are open to the public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the VaccineFinder tool in March to help people find the COVID-19 vaccine in their area. Next month, the tool […]

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Select Kroger Stores Take Part in Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

Advertisements In just over two weeks since the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program launched, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announces that certain Kroger stores will start to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Kroger joins Walgreens as pharmacy participants in the program to help provide a broader reach into communities in need of vaccines. In […]

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Racine County Selected For COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Advertisements RACINE COUNTY – Racine County is among four additional locations that will have community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The locations, which also include La Crosse and Marathon counties and a clinic split between Douglas and Barron counties, were announced Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The new clinics, to be operated by […]