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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Event Held in Bristol Today

Staff from Bristol Health and the American Legion Post 2 will help local residents 65 and older register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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A COVID-19 vaccine registration event will be held in Bristol today to help local residents 65 and older register for an appointment to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 2 at 22 Hooker Court in Bristol.

A COVID-19 vaccine registration event will be held in Bristol today to help local residents 65 and older register for an appointment to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

The vaccine will not be administered at the event. Staff from Bristol Health and the American Legion Post 2 will be helping local residents 65 and older register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bristol Health is scheduled to have three employees helping residents signup as an alternative for people looking to registering themselves online through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) or through the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Assistance Line at 1-877-918-2224, which is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for scheduling at select sites.

People who go can register to receive the vaccine at Bristol Hospital’s vaccine clinic or at another location in the coming weeks.

Around 360,000 people 65 and up are eligible to receive the vaccine, according to the state.  

Officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Health said there is a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine and people are having difficulty finding appointments through VAMS, the Vaccine Administration Management System, and the Vaccine Appointment Assist Line because in many locations, appointment slots are full. 

The state Department of Health is urging people to be patient and said it might take some time for people to find an available appointment, but they are adding more providers each week, particularly with CVS, Walgreens and WalMart.  They also said people can also search for available appointments directly with several providers. 

Who Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut

Note: To get a vaccine in Connecticut, you must either live or work in the state. If you typically visit a provider here but do not live or work in Connecticut, you are not eligible and must get vaccinated in your home state.

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What Coronavirus Vaccines Is Connecticut Getting?

  • Pfizer
    • For CT residents 16 and up.
    • The recommended time between doses: 21 days
  • Moderna
    • For CT residents 18 and up
    • The recommended time between doses: 28 days

How to Get an Appointment for a COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut

By phone: Call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for scheduling at select sites.

Online: Schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in VAMS, the Vaccine Administration Management System.

  1. Fill out the form to let the Department of Public health know you are interested in creating an account in VAMS. If you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine then you should receive an email from VAMS to complete your registration within 12 hours. Click here to create an account.
  2. Check for an email from no-reply@mail.vams.cdc.gov. Click on the link in the email and create your account. You will be prompted to retrieve a code that will be emailed to you. You will need to create a password and store it in a safe place.
    • If you forgot your password, the "forgot password" link on the login page can only be used if you have created a password as part of your VAMS registration.
  3. Complete your VAMS registration.
    • The first question that will be asked in VAMS is “Have you already registered as a vaccine recipient with VAMS?” The answer to this question is “No.”
    • Questions with a red asterisk are mandatory. 
    • Insurance information does not need to be entered.
    • You will be prompted to share some additional information about yourself.
    • In order for VAMS to recognize your option chosen for race, click on your choice in the box on the left and click the right-pointing arrow to move your choice to the box on the right.
  4. Use your zip code to search for clinics near you in VAMS.
    • The system will automatically search for clinics within a 10-mile radius of your zip code, but you may choose up to 100 miles from the dropdown menu, which might provide more clinic locations in your search results.
    • You might need to check multiple clinic locations to find an available appointment. Find a slot that works for you, and book your appointment.
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Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Through a Pharmacy

Connecticut residents 65 and up are now eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine and local pharamcies are getting ready for expanding the service.

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Through Your Provider

Several providers in the state, like local health clinics, and health districts schedule through VAMS, including:

  • Bristol Health. Vaccines are being administered in the Hughes Auditorium inside of Bristol Hospital at 41 Brewster Road in Bristol.
  • Griffin Health, If you have questions about vaccination, testing, and assistance with VAMS, call 203-204-1053.
  • Nuvance Health, Call Nuvance Health’s Community Hotline with questions about vaccines at 1-888-667-9262.
  • Trinity Health of New England
    • Schedule an appointment yourself using a valid email address via the VAMS Online Enrollment Portal or
    • through MyCare Registration
      • Appointments are currently available only at the Prospect location at 166 Waterbury Road, Suite 300
    • MyCare scheduling is only available for current Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group patients

Providers With Their Own Vaccine Scheduling Systems

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Cities and Towns Helping With COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-ups

In addition to signing up through VAMS, the state vaccine line, a provider and pharmacy, some cities and towns have additional sign-up methods or phone lines to call for help.

How to Get a Ride to a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Check you local community to see if there is a service in your town.

  • The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Vaccination Transportation provides free accessible transportation to COVID test sites in the district 7 days per week, according to the town of East Haddam website. Trips must begin in Clinton, Chester, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook and may be to any vaccination site in those towns, Guilford or Middletown.  This includes drive-through vaccination sites.  Any resident regardless of age or ability is eligible, and up to four people may travel together.  Trips must be booked at least one day in advance by calling Curtin Transportation at 860-443-1655 between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request.  Face coverings are required when riding. Wait and return service will be provided.  Click here for more information.
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center serves seniors ages 60 and up, residing in Mystic, Stonington and North Stonington.
    • To enroll
      • Call for an enrollment form or email a request to barbara@thepnc.org
      • Send back completed enrollment forms
      • The Transportation Coordinator will call you for a pre-enrollment interview
    • Schedule after enrollment:
      • Call (860) 599 - 3285 ext. 108 at least 48 hours prior (2 days)

Who Is Next for a COVID-19 Vaccine in CT?

These groups are not yet eligible, but will be next.

  • Frontline essential workers
    • This group is likely to include healthcare personnel not included in Phase 1a, first responders, agricultural workers, including farmworkers, food service and restaurants, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store & pharmacy workers, public transit workers, food banks and meal delivery services for the elderly, education and child-care workers, solid waste and wastewater workers, inspectors working on site in the above locations, and frontline public and social services.)
    • This will likely begin in March
  • Individuals with an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness
    • Congregate settings will be phased in throughout Phase 1b. They include individuals and staff in
      • halfway homes
      • inpatient mental health facilities
      • corrections facilities
      • homeless shelters
      • domestic violence shelters
      • substance use and residential treatment facilities along with others.
      • Note: In Phase 1b, congregate settings do not include supported apartments, foster or family settings, college dormitories, or boarding schools

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