Starting Monday, Connecticut residents 75 and older who don’t live in a long-term care facility can 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, who can start registering on Thursday, 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. Residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, are being vaccinated through visiting clinics with CVS and Walgreens.
But on Thursday, Lamont announced that those eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B of roll-out is going to expand in the coming weeks.
Lamont accepted the recommendations of the Allocation Subcommittee of the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand Phase 1B to include residents between the ages of 65 and 74, as well as residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus.
Lamont said those who are 75 and older will be prioritized for the vaccine during Phase 1B.
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