Covid-19 Vaccine

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Covid-19 Vaccine

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Visit vaccines.gov or visit one of our mobile clinics:

Individuals can also schedule over the phone by calling the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The Vaccine Appointment Assist Line is available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers.

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FAQ

The federal government has implemented a system to order, distribute, and track COVID-19 Vaccines. These vaccines are ordered through the CDC.

COVID-19 vaccines are a key method to stop the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 affects individuals differently; sometimes cases are mild, but other times they are severe and can lead to death. Not only will it protect you, but it will also protect your loved ones from contracting the virus. The vaccine will help your body create antibodies against the virus, without contracting COVID-19.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine will help our bodies learn how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. When our bodies are in the process of learning how to fight a virus and build immunity against it, we sometimes get symptoms such as a fever. This is not COVID-19, it is a normal sign that the body is building immunity against a virus.

Yes. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that safety is the top priority when creating vaccines. There have been thousands of clinical trial participants for the vaccine, and if the FDA determines that the vaccines are safe and effective, they are approved for emergency use. The FDA gave full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (aka Comirnaty) on August 23, 2021, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

Vaccine-safety monitoring systems continuously monitor for any adverse reactions that had not occurred during the clinical trials.

Additionally, smartphone technology allows for easy access to surveys where patients monitor how they are feeling and any side effects they may have after the vaccine, via the “V-Safe” app. The app also provides second dose alert reminders when necessary.

FDA Approves Pfizer (Press Release)

The doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that are paid for through the U.S. tax dollars will be at no cost to you. Providers of the vaccines may be able to charge administration fees but may be able to get a reimbursement fee through the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

From CDC.gov:

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because:

Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.

Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations for people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.

Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

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If you receive Moderna or Pfizer you will be instructed to make an appointment for a second dose. Experts are determining the need for a booster shot. More information is available at the link below.

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Individuals aged 12+ who live, work, or study in Connecticut are eligible to schedule appointments and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include: pain and swelling where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, and/or headache. They should go away within a few days. If redness or tenderness persists over 24 hours, or your side effects are worrying, call your doctor.

Reduce pain and discomfort by: applying a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and use/exercise your arm.

Reduce discomfort from fever: drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.

The VAERS system is used to collect any data on adverse events. It is important to understand the difference between a side effect and an adverse event.

A side effect is any health problem shown through studies, (such as a fever for the COVID-19 vaccine), or unrelated health problems that occur whether the vaccine was administered or not.

An adverse event is a true reaction to the vaccine, such as common known effects and/or allergic reactions.

Healthcare providers are required to report certain adverse events following the vaccine administration.

The smartphone V-safe app will help check how patients who received the COVID-19 are doing.

If you or someone you know is unable to create an email address, scheduling over the phone is available through the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Line at (877)-918-2224.

Please bring a form of identification with you. Ask to schedule your second appointment if you are receiving Pfizer or Moderna.

If you have received a vaccination in the past 14 days, it is not recommended for you to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine should routinely be administered alone. Please schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment for at least 14 days after your last vaccination.