"If I've waited to get the vaccine, will there still be chances to get it in the future? How can I get it in the upcoming months?"
In the past 6 weeks, we saw a dramatic shift from the Covid-19 vaccine being hard to obtain to it being readily available at both small clinics and mega sites. As these mega sites start to close, a question I’m asked is will the vaccine still be available in the future. This question usually comes from someone who is hesitant about receiving at this time and either wants to wait to study the vaccine more, wants to see if the vaccine has side effects on other people or see the effectiveness of the vaccine.
While I certainly believe in the effectiveness of the vaccine and how it has saved lives, I also understand that some people may need more time before wanting the vaccine. The public health and healthcare communities have plans in place to reassure residents that vaccines will be available when they are ready. Through June there will still continue to be some community wide clinics, in some places this will continue all summer long, with a transition to the vaccine becoming more available in places where people normally receive their healthcare services such as urgent care clinics, doctor offices and pharmacies.
This will be especially true for children as many parents are more comfortable with the trusted pediatrician providing a vaccination rather than a public clinic. The State of Connecticut has been attempting to register more pediatricians as vaccine providers to meet this demand.
There are plenty of vaccines available in the United States and Connecticut. If you need some more time please do not worry as you see some of the large clinic sites close down. There will be a transition from mega public clinics to small clinics and more availability in places and from providers from where you normally receive your healthcare services.
For those wanting to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine, I encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.htm
Director of Health
Plainville-Southington Regional Health District