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Thousands of vaccine appointments available at Alliant Energy Center

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Public Health officials are urging more people to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines at the Alliant Energy Center.

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In a post on Twitter Monday, Public Health Madison and Dane County said that thousands of appointments remained available at the public vaccine clinic established at the Alliant.

"We have a couple thousand appointments available at Alliant Energy Center this week," they wrote. "If you sign up today, it's very likely you'll get an invitation this week still."

Since December, Alliant Energy's mass vaccination site has been supported by FEMA, with up to twenty-six additional staff members. Up to seven thousand vaccine doses have been administered weekly.

But with the percentage of vaccinated Wisconsinites growing, dose availability at the site is significant.

PHMDC COVID-19 Vaccine Deputy Tess Ellens also says the vaccine site continues to target members of previously high priority groups such as essential workers, even though everyone sixteen and over is now eligible.

"We are trying to make sure that doses are still going to those that are high risk," Ellens says. "So we're still trying to follow those DHS sub-prioritizations."

"We just have to make sure those folks get invited, but if you go on vaccinate.wi.us right now, you'll get an appointment with us at Alliant Energy Center within the week," Ellens says.

Ellens concedes another factor in diminishing center appointments is the slightly complicated appointment invitation system. She says people who register for vaccine must wait for an appointment notification from PHMDC. She says some registrants find other sites at which to receive the vaccine in the interim.

"We are constantly looking at the process and thinking of ways we can make it more accessible to folks," Ellens says.

Those looking to register for the clinic can do so on the state website.

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