Vaccination eligibility on track to expand to new groups on Thursday  

Vaccination eligibility on track to expand to new groups on Thursday  



Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that the state remains on track to expand the COVID-19 vaccination program to all individuals ages 16 and older on Thursday. 

People who are 16 and 17 years old should only sign up for a clinic offering the vaccine made by Pfizer, the only vaccine so far approved for those ages by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Connecticut is currently ranked second in the nation in percentage of population that has received at least one dose.

“Connecticut’s healthcare providers have been doing a tremendous job getting the vaccine to our residents, and the reason why our state is among the most vaccinated in the country is because of the remarkable work they have been doing,” Lamont said. “As we prepare to expand vaccine eligibility to the final group of adults on Thursday morning, there is going to be an initial rush of people who attempt to make appointments during the first couple of days, similar to what we experienced when we expanded to other age groups. I urge everyone to please be patient and check back as new appointments are being added every day. Thanks to the efforts of the Biden administration, the number of doses being delivered to Connecticut is significantly increasing each week, and I am confident that within this next month we will get the vaccine to everyone who wants it.”

Lamont also announced that more than 100 additional pharmacies throughout Connecticut will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines over the next several days, adding to the growing list of locations where the state’s residents can be vaccinated. Individuals are reminded that appointments must be made in advance prior to receiving the vaccine at all locations statewide.

Local pharmacies being added to the vaccination program include: 

Beacon Prescriptions: 609 North Main Street, Southington

Hancock Pharmacy: 840 East Main Street, Meriden

Procare: 1492 Highland Avenue Suite 1C, Cheshire

Rite Aid: 180 Main Street, Cheshire

Rite Aid: 605 North Colony Road, Wallingford

Rite Aid: 922 South Main Street, Cheshire

To schedule a vaccination appointment, eligible people may contact:

VAMS online system: The Vaccine Administration Management System can be used to schedule appointments at multiple clinics across the state.

To make an appointment using this system, click on https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal. To make an appointment by phone, call 877-918-2224. Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment assist line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Hartford HealthCare: Hartford HealthCare has multiple locations throughout the state, including large clinics in the Hartford area. To make an appointment using this system, go to https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/coronavirus

Yale New Haven Health: Yale New Haven Hospital has multiple locations throughout the state, including large clinics in the New Haven area. To make an appointment using this system, go to https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/vaccine/get-your-covid-vaccine.aspx.

Walgreens: Walgreens is currently offering the vaccine at 12 different locations and will soon be adding many more across the state.

To make an appointment using this system, go to https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

CVS: CVS is offering the vaccine in many locations around the state. To make an appointment using this system go to https://www.cvs.com/vaccine/intake/store/covid-screener/covid-qns

Walmart: Walmart also offers the vaccine at many locations across the state. To make an appointment using this system, click go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302


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