Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can schedule an appointment with the City of Milwaukee online or via phone starting Wednesday.
Interim Milwaukee Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said as of 2 p.m. Wednesday people will be able to schedule an appointment at Milwaukee.gov/covidvax or by calling 414-286-6800.
“It’s very important that individuals who go to this website and who go through the process are truthful and honorable as they are taking appointments that are meant for particular groups of people,” Jackson said.
Those who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine will be screened out, Jackson said. To ensure the city is vaccinating the correct people, the city will cancel appointments for those who are not eligible and will add people who are eligible to those slots.
Vaccinations of those age 65 and older continued Tuesday at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Monday was the first day the city offered vaccinations to the group.
Nick Tomaro, preparedness coordinator with the Milwaukee Health Department, said 650 people age 65 and over received a vaccine on Monday, and he estimated roughly 800 would receive one Tuesday.
The Health Department conducted specific outreach, he said, contacting individuals who registered on HealthyMKE.com and through the COVID-19 hotline. The department also contacted some churches as well as the city Housing Authority.
The Housing Authority was contacted as part of an outreach effort by the city to address the concern among Milwaukeeans who noticed racial disparities in the vaccine rollout.
“This is a real concern of mine and I’m going to continue to work on it,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said during a virtual news conference Tuesday.
Since the available vaccine must be administrated in two doses, the Health Department has reserved Wednesday through Saturday for people receiving their second doses.
Tomaro said the Health Department is expecting a shipment of more vaccine Wednesday, which may allow them to administer more first doses.
Tomaro said Jackson reserved Monday and Tuesday as days for those age 65 and older.
Here are the new cases totals for Milwaukee County:
Total confirmed cases in Milwaukee County: 94,930
Total deaths in Milwaukee county: 1,012
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee launches website, phone number to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointment