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New Haven Students 16 and Up Can Get Vaccinated at COVID-19 Clinic Starting Today

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Students in the New Haven school district who are 16 and up will have their chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

New Haven schools are on spring break and COVID-19 vaccination clinic and the school district is hosting a vaccination clinic at Career High School. The clinic will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 16.

Any students in New Haven, regardless of where they live, can get vaccinated at the clinic this week.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for 16 and 17-year-olds and the health director said they are prepared to vaccinate 1,100 people this week.

Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only. Anyone under 18 has to get consent from their parents to be vaccinated.

Anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment for their child can call 877-918-2224 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Jermaine Smalls, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hillhouse High School, decided to get vaccinated, “so I could protect my family from catching COVID and stuff.”

He was at the clinic with his mother, Twonya Bookert-Smalls, of New Haven.

“Once they said 16 and older, I decided to do it. I really want him to go back into the building but I was afraid because of him being asthmatic. Hopefully, all the parents will do the same for their children that way the kids can get back into school,” she said.

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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.”
    2. Questions with a red asterisk are mandatory. 
    3. Insurance information does not need to be entered.
    4. You will be prompted to share some additional information about yourself.
    5. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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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