Connecticut residents 75 and older who don’t live in a long-term care facility can now roll up their sleeves and get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
But as with most things pandemic-related, it won’t be as simple as calling the family doctor. In fact, the state’s Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe has warned residents to not call their doctors.
Here’s what you need to know:
Connecticut residents ages 75 and over can now register for their COVID-19 vaccine at ct.gov/covidvaccine or by calling the appointment assistance line at 877-918-2224.
The governor’s office has also said health care providers will reach out to their existing patients.
So far, the vaccine is only being offered by appointment in Connecticut.
For most people 75 and older, that will be the easiest way to go.
The online registration is coordinated through the Vaccine Administration Management System, or VAMS.
Some communities and health care providers have already begun collecting data on who should register for the vaccine.
Hartford HealthCare has a link for people 75 and older to register for an appointment.
UConn Health also has a link on it’s website with instructions and a portal where those 75 and older can register for a vaccine appointment.
Besides older adults, front-line health care workers and medical first responders are also eligible right now for the vaccine as part of the first priority group known as Phase 1A. Residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, are being vaccinated through visiting clinics with CVS and Walgreens.
On Jan. 14, Lamont announced the state would begin registering and vaccinating those 75 and older who do not live in a longterm care facility as part of Phase 1B.
The state began vaccinating those older adults last week with excess vaccine that was intended for people in the first priority group.
On Jan. 19, the governor’s office announced the next tier of Phase 1B to receive the vaccine will be residents between the ages of 65 and 74. No definitive date has been set, but the Lamont administration said that group should start to be vaccinated in “early February.”
Front-line essential workers, and those with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of the virus will follow, beginning sometime in late February to early March.
Those in congregate settings, including inmates of prisons, will be “phased in throughout Phase 1B,” according to the state’s vaccine website.
People who fall under Phase 1C will likely get the vaccine in May, according to Lamont. The vaccine will then open up to the general population sometime in June.
In Fairfield, residents 75 and older can complete a survey on the town health department’s website. They then receive a followup email from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information on how to create an account with VAMS.
VAMS requires users to give their basic personal information before asking them for medical history and giving them options to make an appointment.
Brookfield’s health department has a link on its website where residents who are over the age of 65 or have compromised immune systems can register for the vaccine.
The 12 medical conditions listed on the CDC’s website are:
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Immune-compromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes