THIS WEEK’S TOP FIVE
- New CDC guidance allows fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks or social distancing in most settings, with a handful of exceptions (see below).
- The CDC guidelines do not supersede existing federal, state, or local laws. In Milwaukee, the city’s mask ordinance and restrictions on gatherings remain in place through June 1. More information here.
- Private businesses are entitled to set and enforce their own policies, including requiring masks or social distancing.
- Three city libraries are the newest vaccination sites as part of the effort for more neighborhood vaccine locations (details below).
- Whether you’re ready to get vaccinated, need help finding a site, or looking for answers to your vaccine-related questions, HealthyMKE.com is the one-stop source of trusted information for our community.
NEW CDC GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE
Last week, the CDC announced new guidance for fully vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks or social distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of size. This decision was based on the impact of the vaccines, which have proven to be safe and extraordinarily effective.
Key exceptions to this guidance, even for fully vaccinated, include visiting medical facilities like doctor’s offices or hospitals, long-term care facilities, or when traveling via airplane, bus, train, or other modes of public transportation. In these situations, masks should still be work and social distancing practiced. In addition, the CDC continues to recommend masking and social distancing for in-person learning settings for children. Full CDC guidelines available here.
CHECK OUT VACCINATIONS AT LOCAL LIBRARIES
As part of the shift from mass vaccination sites to more targeted locations, the Milwaukee Health Department will begin providing walk-in vaccinations at three public libraries.
- Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.) Mon. 1-5; Wed. & Fri. 12-4
- Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.) Hours: Mon. 1-5; Wed. & Fri. 12-4
Mitchell Street Library (906 W. Historic Mitchell st.) Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12-4
COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS & EVENTS
Bringing vaccine access to convenient and familiar locations within neighborhoods is an important part of equity. Below please find some featured locations for Milwaukee neighborhoods or communities. A full list is available at HealthyMKE.com. If your organization is hosting a vaccine clinic, complete a form on the HealthyMKE website – https://www.healthymke.com/covid-event and we will make sure to include it in the search.
- Muslim Community Center(803 W. Layton Ave.) – Fridays & Saturdays through May 31, no appointment needed. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Consulda de Mexico en Milwaukee(1443 N. Prospect Ave.) – Fridays, no appointment needed. Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Gee’s Clippers(2200 N. King Dr.) – Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays through May 31, no appointment needed. Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 3-6; Sat. 10-4.
Milwaukee County COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 5/20/21
- 351,243 (37.1%)Individuals Fully Vaccinated in Milwaukee County
- 412,117 (43.6%)Individuals Receiving at Least One Dose in Milwaukee County
- 743,626 Total Doses Administered in Milwaukee County
Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 5/20/21
- 33M (40.1%)Individuals Fully Vaccinated in Wisconsin
- 67M (46%)Individuals Receiving at Least One Dose in Wisconsin
- 83M Total Doses Administered in Wisconsin
US COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 5/20/21
- 45M (38.22%)Individuals Fully Vaccinated in the U.S.
- 84MIndividuals Receiving at Least One Dose in the U.S.
- 29MTotal Doses Administered in the U.S.