Metropolis of Milwaukee COVID testing and vaccination clinics are open Thursday, as many individuals put together for vacation gatherings | WUWM 89.7 FM

Three Metropolis of Milwaukee community health clinics are open for a part of Thursday for folks searching for free COVID-19 testing, vaccination or a booster shot earlier than the Christmas vacation.

These sites are within the Menomonee Valley on St. Paul Avenue, the Northwest Well being Clinic and the Southside Well being Clinic.

If the previous few days are any indication, the websites could also be busy.

The Milwaukee Well being Division stories about 600 folks drove by town’s Menomonee Valley website Wednesday. There have been traces of vehicles extending onto the road.

Well being officers say most drivers have been there for a COVID check. A neighborhood man who gave his title as Tim mentioned household time is forward, “simply on the point of spend time with household for Christmas. So, I wished to be protected.”

One other particular person, who gave her title as Miriam, supplied an pressing purpose.

“I came upon an hour in the past {that a} gathering I used to be at the place everyone had pictures, my brother had a employee who didn’t get a shot, and examined constructive for COVID, and now [my brother] did. And, I must get examined as a result of my life associate is in a talented nursing facility and I am scared to loss of life,” Miriam mentioned.

Vehicles enter the drive-through Menomonee Valley clinic, which was once an auto emissions testing heart.

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Chuck Quirmbach

The COVID-19 check supplied on the metropolis clinics is the usually extra dependable PCR check, however getting outcomes might take a day or two, and the Well being Division’s Nick Tomaro mentioned Wednesday it could not replicate any an infection this coming weekend.

“You need to at all times do not forget that this virus can change from everyday. So, if you happen to check damaging right now, it doesn’t imply you are damaging on December 24, particularly when you’ve got any signs,” Tomaro warned.

Tomaro mentioned town Well being Division websites are closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to let employees relaxation and observe the vacation. He recommends attempting to accumulate one other kind of check known as an antigen check that gives leads to 15 to half-hour however is much less delicate to the presence of the coronavirus.

Tomaro mentioned he is aware of the antigen assessments usually promote for $20-25 {dollars} in shops, and that some places are offered out of them. He pointed to a speech President Joe Biden made Tuesday afternoon.

“President Biden acknowledged these considerations. Clearly, we’re blissful to listen to that on the federal degree, they will be offering these assessments freed from cost and that provide chain is being ramped up,” Tomaro mentioned.

However the half-billion at-home COVID check kits that the federal authorities will purchase and provide will not be accessible till subsequent month.

For any gatherings this weekend, even for the absolutely vaccinated, Tomaro urges folks to decide on correctly, put on a masks and distance as a lot as attainable.

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