EAU CLAIRE (WQOW)- Those who help protect our community are set to get protection from COVID-19, and many in Eau Claire already have.
As we've reported, Wisconsin DHS announced that police and fire personnel are eligible under Phase 1B to receive COVID-19 vaccinations next week, and Prevea Health officials say they plan to begin administering them in Eau Claire starting Monday.
However, Eau Claire Fire & Rescue officials say 2/3 of them have already received the vaccine, as several EMS workers within the department have qualified under Phase 1A.
"We started giving it out to our personnel probably three weeks ago," said Jon Schultz, deputy chief for Eau Claire Fire & Rescue. "Anybody who wanted it has gotten it, as well as all of the EMS providers in the community who wanted the vaccine have gotten it."
Eau Claire health officials say they are still working to vaccinate members of the community who fall under Phase 1A, but are preparing to move forward with the next phase as more clarity is given for who is prioritized for it.
"Certainly a lot of people want to know what the Phase 1B definition is going to be," said Audrey Boerner, public health specialist for the Eau Claire City-County Health Dept. "Knowing for sure that this group will be in Phase 1B is helpful for us to make those connections now so that our police and fire responders can get ready, and get an idea of how many people in those groups would like the vaccine."
Fire personnel besides EMS will be able to get their first doses on Monday. News 18 has not received word from local law enforcement on their plans to be vaccinated.