Department of Public Health Update on Vaccinations – Stage 1B

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Yesterday, 1/24/2021, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) issued the following message regarding vaccination distribution.

COVID-19 Vaccination  Status Update
January 24, 2021
Connecticut is currently in Phase 1B of its statewide vaccination program.

Phase 1B includes 1.3 million Connecticut residents, but right now we are ONLY scheduling appointments for individuals 75 years of age and older. Next priority sub-groups include:

Order of Phase 1b

Subgroups

Approx # of residents

Current estimates

Estimated Start of

Scheduling***

75+ 277,000 Currently Scheduling
65-74 353,000 Likely February
16-64 with underlying health conditions 362,000 Likely March
Frontline Essential Workers* 325,000 Likely March
Residents/Staff in Congregate Settings** 50,000 Ongoing via clinics throughout Phase 1b

* Broad categories of the frontline essential workers can be accessed at ct.gov/covidvaccine. More details on occupations within each category will be announced as the State readies to open scheduling to this group.

** There will be tiering within the congregate settings, more information will be forthcoming.

***All estimated dates are subject to change depending on vaccine supply from the federal government.

Until the Governor announces the date for the next group to start scheduling, the ONLY group currently permitted to schedule an appointment are individuals in Phase 1a or 75+.

 

COVID Vaccine Information:

The best source of information on the status of the program, eligibility and vaccine scheduling is the Connecticut Department of Public Health website: ct.gov/covidvaccine.

 

Legislators and staff can use this link to go directly to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Covid vaccine website: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations—FAQs

 

Current Vaccination Partners and Locations (as of 1/23/21):

Please note: This list is frequently updated. Please advise people to check ct.gov/covidvaccine for the latest information

 

For constituents or family/friends of residents 75+ with internet access, information on all appointment scheduling options can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination—75-and- older

 

Starting 1/25/21, a Vaccine Finder map will be available on ct.gov/covidvaccine. Individuals can enter their zip code and find vaccine providers near them.

 

Many locations can be accessed through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS): https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine

 

Appointments can also be directly scheduled at the following locations:

 

(hyperlinks included)

UConn Health(Farmington):  Scheduling Phone: 860-679-5589

Vaccine Questions: 860-679-8888

 

Hartford HealthCare (various locations): Scheduling Phone: 860-827-7690 or 833-943-5721 Vaccine Questions/MyChart Scheduling Assistance: 860-972-4993

 

Stamford Health (various locations): Scheduling Phone: 203-276-7300 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)

 

Trinity Health of New England (various locations): Locations and Scheduling (via VAMS or MyCare) online

only

 

Yale New Haven Health (various locations):  Online only, no phone

 

Walgreens (various locations): Locations and Scheduling online only

 

Vaccine Appointment Assist Line:

 

Due to high volume, this option is only recommended for individuals who have not had success with or access to the online or other scheduling options.

 

Phone: 877-918-2224 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

This number is for scheduling appointments only.  211 should be used for general vaccine questions

 

The VAAL is currently booking appointments only for the Pratt & Whitney mass vaccination clinics in East Hartford.  However, more locations will be added in the coming weeks.

 

General Messaging:

 

Residents are not required to get vaccinated, but all are urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are eligible to do so, because full vaccination is the best way to beat the virus and return to our pre-pandemic lifestyle.

 

So far, more than 220,000 Connecticut residents have received at least one dose of vaccine. More than 31,000 Connecticut residents have had both doses and are fully vaccinated.

 

Connecticut is currently receiving roughly 46,000 doses per week from the federal government. The pace of our vaccination program is dictated by supply.

 

While we are hopeful that the supply of vaccine available to our state will increase in the weeks to come, we urge patience as we deal with a small supply and very heavy demand for vaccine.

 

Anyone not eligible yet for vaccination in Phase 1b who inadvertently received their first dose should keep or schedule their second dose.

 

While second doses should be administered after 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) those dates are the earliest you can get a second dose. Individuals are not fully vaccinated until 10-14 days after their second shot, but there is no harm or decreased effectiveness to the vaccine if the dose is administered beyond the 21/28 day timeframes

 

 

 

 

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