Having trouble finding a booster appointment around Madison? 3 tips to find a shot soon(ish)
MADISON, Wis.– The messaging is clear: If you’re due for your booster, don’t wait. But many people are finding they have no other choice, with Dane County pharmacies like Hy-Vee, Walgreens, and CVS booking appointments an average of two weeks in advance.
“We don’t anticipate that changing, either,” said Sarah Hughes, public health supervisor with Public Health Madison & Dane County. “We know that people are going to continue to be looking for boosters especially now that everyone 18 & older is eligible.”
Hughes said appointments have been hard to find since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved booster mixing and matching before Thanksgiving.
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If you’re hoping to get ‘boosted’ before Christmas, here are three pieces of advice to find an appointment as quickly as possible:
- Refresh your browser frequently. Pharmacies often add new appointments at various times throughout the day. Going online is the fastest way to find & book them. It’s a pain, but check back every hour if you can.
- Utilize PHMDC’s ‘Vaccine Finder’ to simplify your search. The free resource will show you where boosters are available when. Click here for more information.
- While you’re waiting, get your flu shot. If your booster appointment isn’t for a few weeks, SSM Health Dr. David Ottenbaker recommends you give your immune system a boost and protect yourself from other winter viruses by getting the flu shot. Click here to schedule an appointment today.
Not yet vaccinated against COVID-19? It’s not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones. Click here to find a vaccine location near you.
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