Connecticut's COVID-19 test positivity rate came in at 3.77% Tuesday, with hospitalizations up and 17 new deaths reported.
The state's death toll now stands at 7,974.
There are 545 people currently hospitalized with the virus, a net increase of 21.
Of the 29,670 new tests reported Tuesday, 1,118 came back positive.
The state continues efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to any resident who wants it, though a decision to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of rare complications may lead to delays or cancellations at some clinics. The Connecticut Department of Public Health said roughly 100,000 Connecticut residents have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and there are no reports of serious adverse events.
The state will continue the vaccine rollout with Pfizer and Moderna during the pause. Those who were scheduled for Johnson & Johnson should contact their provider. Even if your appointment gets canceled, the state says there are still other appointments available.
Public health officials have described the vaccine rollout as a race against the spread of variants.
As of Monday, more than half of all Connecticut ages residents 16 and older have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
- 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.
- Check for an email from email@example.com. 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.
- 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.
- 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.