There are currently three vaccines authorized for use and other vaccines are in development. The Pfizer/ BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and a third vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson requires only 1 dose for effective protection from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends receiving a booster dose at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least 2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The booster does not have to be the same vaccine as initially received.
Because of the pandemic, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to let individuals get a vaccine before all the trials are complete. In August, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccinations have undergone very strict testing and safety is the top priority during all phases of development.
Everyone ages 5 years and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Those under 18 must have parent/guardian consent. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 5 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for ages 18 and older. No insurance information is required or will be collected.
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses & Residents
In an effort to provide information and resources to address the current issue we are facing nationwide, Near West Side Partners has compiled a list of resources for Near West Side residents and businesses. This list will be updated periodically as new programs and resources become available.
Do you own a business that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19? Resources to support your business’s recovery are available below.
Financial Assistance for Businesses
Brew City Match has developed supports for small businesses with COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loan Fund that provides zero-interest loans up to $10,000 to small businesses to assist with rent, payroll, and other fixed expenses.
The PPP is a loan program helping employers retain employees by providing partially forgivable loans up to $10 million for specific expenses, including payroll costs, rent, utilities and other debt obligations.
Gener8tor is hosting emergency virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis.
Hunger Task Force administers the Stockbox program for seniors. To apply for Stockbox, call Rick Lewandowski at 414-777-0483 or call IMPACT at 211 to apply. 2-1-1 can also connect callers to the nearest Stockbox site.
WRAP assists eligible renters who have had a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent by providing grants of up to $3000. Milwaukee County residents can call the Social Development Commission at 414-326-2888 to inquire about eligibility.
The Federal CARES Act expands unemployment insurance to help Wisconsin workers that have been furloughed or laid off. Unemployment insurance is also now available for workers who are unemployed or unable to work because of the virus and don’t qualify for traditional benefits.