The post also known as, “Husband’s Vaccine in Prairie du Chien”. Chien means dog in French; the town is named after prairie dogs! That’s another thing I like about it, besides the appointment I found for my husband there a week ago. Evan qualified to be vaccinated before I did. It was worth it to us to drive two hours for the peace of mind. I had fun taking photos, hanging out with my family and going the farthest away from our house we’ve gone in a year. Four days later, I got my shot in another town, one hour away from Madison.
Why all this driving around? People in Madison are very interested in protecting themselves from Covid-19 and since the US does not have centralized health care, in general we cannot go through our regular doctor. The clinics as a general rule don’t have the vaccine. Although some health plans called HMOs do provide vaccines. The doses are distributed largely to pharmacies and are free of charge. The appointments fill up as fast as they are posted. There is a dizzying online system for finding a slot. You can look by your zip code (postal code) to find appointments near you. If you have no luck, you can decide to look within 25, 50 or 100 miles (40, 80, 161 km). After looking for two days for Evan’s appointment near us, I decided to look further out. I was thrilled to find an opening in Prairie du Chien. Once I had found the time and place, I went onto the pharmacy website and signed him up.
That was my experience with the beginning of the vaccination process. I believe it’s different in other states or cities. Although it may sound inefficient, over 2 million people (35% of our state’s population) have received at least one dose of a vaccine in the last few months. In Wisconsin, 78% of people 65 and older are vaccinated and nearly 50% of people 55 to 64. Around 30% adults have their first dose per the current national average by state. We’ve prioritized medical staff, seniors, people with medical conditions like asthma and heart disease, teachers and front line workers. Now the appointments are open to all adults and children over 16.
Well, that was more of an introduction than I planned to write. But I love cross cultural and health care comparisons.
PS Mid-week Madison received more doses and is offering 1400 vaccinations a day at a local stadium!
How is the vaccination process turning out where you live?
I took a lot of photos on the road. This is what rural Wisconsin looks like between Madison and the southwest corner of Wisconsin. I was very excited for our first family day trip!
Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. ¡Olé! –Rebecca
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