COVID-19 Vaccine


As you are aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older. Due to the very limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, on December 3, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts, recommended that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated in a phased approach starting with healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. 

We are dependent on the state regarding how much vaccine we are allocated and must follow the CDC general guidelines in terms of who gets vaccinated when. Please know we are working to request as much vaccine as possible and to vaccinate as quickly as possible in our communities.

As of January 11, 2021, we are currently in Phase 1A of the CDC ACIP’s Vaccination Plan:

To date, over 414 people have been received the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A.

  • Prairie Ridge Health
We are currently vaccinating only those in Phase 1A that live and/or work within our service area* and are within the CDC recommended professions:
  • Healthcare Providers & Clinics
  • EMS (Emergency Medical Staff)
  • Dental
  • Mental Health
  • Chiropractic 

Phase 1B Tentatively (determined by the CDC and SDMAC) - State must grant permission to move into this phase. The state has estimated Phase 1B to begin in Feb. 2021. 

  • Prairie Ridge Health Patients 75 years of age and older (75+) 
  • Adults 75 years of age and older that live within our service area*
  • Those employed in the following sectors (identified by the CDC as Essential Workers Phase 1B) and live or work within our service area*:
    • First Responders (i.e. Police & Fire)
    • Schools & Education
    • Day Care
    • Correction Officers
    • Food and Agriculture
    • Postal Service
    • Grocery Store
    • Manufacturing
    • Public Transit

*Service Area is defined as those who either live or work within Beaver Dam, Cambria, Columbus, Fall River, Marshall, Randolph, Rio, Reeseville, Sun Prairie, and Waterloo.

  • We are working directly with employers who are located within our service area (Columbus, Fall River, Marshall, Beaver Dam, Sun Prairie, Cambria, Randolph, Rio, Reeseville, and Waterloo) and have over 25 employees to schedule vaccination appointments.
  • If you would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Prairie Ridge Health and are within the appropriate phase according to the CDC, please contact your employer to determine if they are working directly with us to schedule vaccinations.
  • If your employer is not working with us, they may reach out to us at 920-623-6432 to begin this process instead of you completing the form below.
  • If you are an essential worker (as identified by the CDC in Phase 1A or 1B) and your employer is smaller than 25 employees or your employer is outside our service area but you live within our service area, please complete the Waiting List Form by clicking below.

I fit within one of the categories noted above in the table and I would like to be placed on a Waiting List to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine - please complete this Waiting List Form

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At Prairie Ridge Health, we are currently administering the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is:

  • A mRNA vaccine
  • NOT a live virus
  • Injected into the upper arm (intramuscular injection)
  • Given in 2 doses, spaced 17-25 days (within 3 weeks). If you receive one dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, you should receive a second dose of this same vaccine within the allotted time frame.
  • Common side effects include: tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site pain, injection site redness, nausea, feeling unwell, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). These symptoms are temporary and tend to only last 24-48 hours.

Receiving the vaccine is your choice. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed by helping your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without becoming seriously ill. The goal of vaccinating is to stop the spread of COVID-19 to others whose immune systems may not be able to handle the virus. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines are in addition to, not in replacement of, the preventative measures already in place. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, hand washing, and staying at least 6 feet away from others help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

Learn More about the COVID Vaccine

Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
What to Expect at Your COVID-19 Vaccination Visit
When Vaccine Supply is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?
8 Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Different COVID-19 Vaccines
Ensuring Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccines Work
FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination
CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination