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Hartford Holding No-Appointment COVID Vaccine Clinics for Residents

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The City of Hartford is holding two no-appointment, walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week for Hartford residents who are 18 years old and older.  

The first clinic was Tuesday at the Swift Factory in the North End. The second will be on Wednesday at the Free Center. 

Note: These clinics are for Hartford residents only who are 18 and up. You must show a photo ID or a piece of mail that is less than 90 days old and has a Hartford address. Walk-ups are welcome and no appointments are needed.

At an event at the Swift Factory Tuesday, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said these walk-up clinics are now a priority for the city.

"A big part of our effort to get our community vaccinated is to remove every barrier, to make it as easy as possible," Bronin explained.

City health officials also noted that all Hartford residents will be able to get a vaccine, regardless of immigration status.

The mayor also announced that the city is partnering with Harriott Home Health Services to vaccine those who are homebound. Right now the partnership is vaccinating about 80 people a week, though the goal is to reach 100 vaccinations at week.

City officials said vaccine hesitancy is still a concern. They urged those taking a "wait-and-see" approach not to wait, but to get vaccinated before the spread of variants can hinder the effort.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Swift Factory

Swift Factory is located at 10 Love Lane in Hartford and the clinic is outside, in front of the Swift Factory.

The clinic began at 2 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m., or when vaccines run out. Bronin said there are 250 Johnson & Johnson doses available through the event.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Free Center Wednesday

The second will be on Wednesday at the Free Center. 

Free Center is at 460 New Britain Ave. in Hartford and the clinic is indoors.

Both clinics begin at 2 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m., or when vaccines run out. 

City officials said each clinic will vaccinate 200 residents. Residents will be given appointments for other clinics if they aren’t able to be vaccinated. 

A third walk-up clinic is expected this week as well.

“Our first walk-up clinic last week was a huge success, and we have more opportunities this week for hundreds of residents to get vaccinated without any appointment, right in their neighborhood,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement.”

People 16 years old and up are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine in Connecticut and you might not get an appointment right away, but you can find one. The keys to finding one are to check several different websites and to keep checking through the day.

As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, the Vaccine Administration Management System opened for registration for all Connecticut residents 16 and older.

Tips to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment in Connecticut

  • Several healthcare providers, pharmacies and the Centers for Disease Control have different websites that allow you to book an appointment. Check several of them rather than just one. See below for links of providers in Connecticut.
  • Many systems will automatically search for clinics within five or 10 miles of your zip code. Expand your search area to find more locations.
  • Be persistent.
  • Even if a website says no appointments are available, check to see if something was added recently because the site might not have updated to reveal that more appointments are available.
  • Keep checking back through the day because appointments do open up.
  • Find a slot that works for you, and book your appointment.
  • State officials encourage you to keep checking back for newer and sooner appointments but ask that you please remember to cancel the old appointment to free that space up as soon as possible for others who need it.
  • Check your city or town website to see if there is a waitlist.
AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine developed with the University of Oxford was found to be safe and effective in trials conducted in the U.S., Peru and Chile.

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.

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 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.

Find a Location Near You

You can find a location near you here.

Providers With Their Own Vaccine Sign-Ups

Joel Leyden, the executive director of, had advice for anyone trying to book an appointment with CVS and said you’re first going to see no appointments available. But if you click on another state, like Alabama, you fill out all the questions in Alabama and then you go to the bottom of the page and you put in Connecticut and you might see 30 to 40 pharmacies that are offering the vaccines.

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.

What to Do If You Are Having Trouble Signing Up?

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
  • Johnson & Johnson

With three coronavirus vaccines now approved in the U.S., learn the difference between them.

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