COVID-19 Vaccine Overview

NOTICE: The Health Department will not ask you for your credit card information. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool in stopping the spread of the virus. Even with vaccine distribution beginning, it will still take months to reach community immunity. We must continue to stay home, wear a mask, physically distance, and practice good hand hygiene.

The Manitowoc County Health Department is currently enrolled to receive, store, and administer vaccine. In an effort to roll the vaccines out equitably, quickly, and safely, the State of WI has a framework for allocation. This framework is comprised of multiple phases and each phase has a list of eligible individuals who can receive the vaccine. To learn more about vaccine phases eligibility, please visit this DHS website.

Manitowoc County Vaccination Efforts

Manitowoc County is following guidance from WI DHS on who and when our department can vaccinate. 

As of March 1st, the following groups are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Educators and Child Care Staff*
    • All staff in regulated child care, public and private school programs, out-of-school time programs, virtual learning support, and community learning center programs.
    • All staff in Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.
    • All staff in preschool and Head Start through K-12 education settings.
    • Faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact.

*Teachers and Staff affiliated with a school will be receiving a special vaccine allocation from the State. Please communicate with your school to find out when and where you will be vaccinated. Educators not affiliated with a school system will be able to make an appointment with any provider vaccinating educators and childcare staff

  • Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
  • Some Public Facing Essential workers
    • 911 operators
    • Utility and communication infrastructure
      • Workers who cannot socially distance and are responsible for the fundamental processes and facilities that ensure electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services are built, maintained, generated, distributed, and delivered to customers.
    • Public transit
      • Drivers who have frequent close contact with members of the public, limited to:
        • public and commercial intercity bus transportation services
        • municipal public transit services
        • those employed by specialized transit services for seniors, disabled persons, and low-income persons
  • Food Supply Chain
    • Agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees.
    • Critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians.
    • Food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.
    • Retail food workers, such as employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that also sell groceries.
    • Hunger relief personnel, including people involved in charitable food distribution, community food and housing providers, social services employees who are involved in food distribution, and emergency relief workers.
  • Non-Frontline Essential Health Care Personnel
    • Personnel who are not involved in direct patient care but are essential for health system infrastructure. These staff are often affiliated with hospitals, but non-hospital employee non-frontline employees are also included.
    • Categories of non-frontline essential health care personnel job titles and settings include:
      • Public health
      • Emergency management
      • Cyber security
      • Health care critical supply chain functions, including the production, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccine
      • Support roles, such as cleaning, HVAC, and refrigeration, critical to health system function
  • Congregate Living Facility Staff and Residents
    • Employer-based housing: Housing provided by an employer for three or more unrelated individuals that share bedrooms.
    • Housing serving the elderly or people with disabilities: Residents of housing that meets the definitions of an adult family home, independent living apartments, community-based residential facility, residential care complex, state center for the disabled, mental health institute, and county-based center for the disabled.
    • Shelters: Shelter provided to those who are homeless and/or in need of protection (for example, domestic violence shelters).
    • Transitional housing: A project that is designed to provide housing and appropriate supportive services to homeless persons to facilitate movement to independent living when such facilities include shared bedrooms.
    • Incarcerated individuals: Individuals in jails, prisons, and mental health institutes.

Populations previously eligible will continue to be eligible for a vaccine.

This includes:

  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • Public-facing Healthcare workers 
  • Direct care personnel 
  • Individuals working with infectious material containing the SARS-COV2 virus 
  • Public-facing police and fire personnel

For a list of vaccinating providers, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment page.

Individuals with health conditions that put them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 infection are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. These individuals will be eligible at a later date announced by the State.

Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website for more information and expanded eligibility criteria

IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE please click here to make an appointment. Note that appointments are limited and may not be available at this time.

IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTIFIED OF UPCOMING COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS please click here to sign up for updates about eligibility criteria and COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This is not a sign up for an appointment to get the vaccine (we do not have a list for this), but solely for receiving information regarding current eligibility criteria, options for vaccination, etc


View our press releases for more information on vaccine efforts in Manitowoc County

Wisconsin Expands Vaccine Eligibility Criteria to Include  Adults 65+-January 19, 2021

Manitowoc County Receives First Shipment of Vaccine- January 4, 2021

Manitowoc County Holds Second Vaccine Clinic After Successful First Week- January 8, 2021

Available Resources

WI DHS Vaccine Data Page is updated each day by 2 PM to provide a summary of vaccine allocation, shipment, and total doses administered in the state.

CDC's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

Video Explaining EUAs

Moderna Vaccine EUA for Providers and EUA for Recipients/Caregivers with information on storage/handling, dosage, adverse events, and clinical trail information

Pfizer's EUA for Providers with information on storage/handling, dosage, adverse events, and clinical trail information

Vaccinator Enrollment Local entities can enroll to be a vaccinator by visiting DHS's website, specifically the "COVID-19 Vaccinator Enrollment Process" section. The enrollment process is entirely through the State and all questions should be directed towards the contacts listed on their page.