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VACCINE Q&A: When will people with preexisting conditions be eligible?

The Department of Health Services addressed this in a media briefing on Thursday.
Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 6:00 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Dozens of viewers have written to the NBC15 Vaccine Team wanting to know when those with pre-existing health conditions will be eligible for the vaccine. Our team first asked health officials about this on February 18th.

You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE.

Answer: The state has not announced a timeline yet.

CLICK HERE to submit your own question.

Last Thursday, DHS addressed the topic again as part of a weekly media briefing.

DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says the state is in the process of finalizing who will be in Phase 1C and will be releasing more information sometime this week.

Willems Van Dijk says part of the decision making process surrounding pre-exisiting conditions is using CDC research to understand which conditions are at higher risk or impacted most by COVID-19.

“We’re still pretty much in our infancy in understanding that,” said Willems Van Dijk.

She says part of the delay in making a decision is also to not overwhelm the vaccination system.

“We know especially that when we turn the on button for people who have chronic conditions who have been waiting so desperately for their day to have the vaccine, they’re going to want to be front in line,” said Williems Van Dijk.

Click HERE to check who is currently eligible.

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