Dear Family Care Partnership member,
As a participant in the Family Care Partnership (HMO D-SNP) program, your caregivers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now. Vaccinators across the state are actively vaccinating individuals in the highest priority category. You might have heard this category referred to as “phase 1a.” The groups in this category include caregivers of participants in Family Care Partnership. On the DHS COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Eligibility webpage (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm), they are referred to under the “frontline healthcare worker” heading as “direct care workers.”
Whether they are paid or unpaid, your caregivers (including family members) that help you with personal care and other direct contact services should be monitoring local public health websites, health care system websites, social media, and the news to find opportunities to get vaccinated. Your paid caregivers should also receive information from their employer about seeking the vaccine.
While proof of vaccine eligibility is not required by the state, some vaccinators are requesting some sort of proof. Sharing this letter with your caregivers may help them in communicating their eligibility to vaccinators.
Wisconsin has over 1,200 COVID-19 eligible vaccinators across the state. Much like for the flu vaccine, there are a range of locations where people can get the COVID-19 vaccine. People may be able to get vaccinated at health care providers, pharmacies, local health departments, places of employment and, in the future, community-based vaccination clinics organized in their community. Local health departments are coordinating many of the local options. Remember: Wisconsin does not have enough COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate all eligible populations at this time.
Getting vaccinated will be one of the best ways for you and your caregivers to protect both you and your community. A COVID-19 vaccine can protect people from getting sick and potentially prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you. A vaccine, however, does not replace the need to continue other actions to stop the spread and keep ourselves healthy. This is especially true while the state is receiving limited amounts of vaccines from the federal government, as it will take many months to provide vaccine to everyone who needs it.
DHS anticipates that any Family Care Partnership participants who have not already been vaccinated will be eligible for the vaccine around March 1 pending Wisconsin’s vaccine supply from the federal government.
You are encouraged to learn about the vaccine, how it works, and how Wisconsin is distributing it. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm. Additional COVID-19 information for Family Care Partnership members is also found here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-adult.htm.
You may also contact your care manager for more information.
IC2593_C Last updated 2/8/2021