The federal government has implemented a system to order, distribute, and track COVID-19 Vaccines. These vaccines are ordered through the CDC.
Residents 75+ with an Email (Preferred)
Residents 75+ with No Email Address
Schedule on the phone by calling the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.
How are the COVID-19 Vaccines distributed?
Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
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.
Will I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?
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.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
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.
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.
How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that are paid for through the U.S. tax dollars will be at no cost. 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.
If I have already had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
Because COVID-19 is still a novel virus, experts are still not sure how long an individual’s natural immunity to the virus will last. Therefore, people who have had COVID-19 may be advised to receive the vaccine. Speak to your physician and medical professionals for their recommendations.
How many doses of the vaccine will I need?
In order to achieve the highest immunity against COVID-19 from the vaccine, two doses are needed. The second dose of the vaccine is administered 3 weeks after the first dose. The vaccine may not fully protect you until approximately one-two weeks after your second dose.
When can I get the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered to group 1a.
1a: healthcare personnel, long-term care facilities residents, medical first responders.
75+ residents can begin registering for the vaccine.75+ Residents Click Here
What are the side effects of the 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.
Do I need to still wear a mask and maintain a distance from others, even if I get both doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Continue other safe practices, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and abiding by proper sanitation measures. It is not known when this recommendation will end. Factors such as how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading will affect this decision.
How can I report if I have a problem or a bad reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?
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.
Who decides when specific populations are eligible for the vaccine?
The CDC recommends the groups who should be offered the vaccine first. Each state has their own distribution plan, so the City of Danbury adheres to guidance created by the State of Connecticut.
Who is in Phase 1A?
Phase 1A consists of healthcare personnel in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to illness, long term care facility residents, and medical first responders at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Who is in Phase 1B?
As of January 18, 2021, Phase 1B will be open to individuals who are 75 years of age or older. The State of Connecticut is currently in the process of scheduling the remainder of the Phase 1B population.
Where can I find information on the Phases of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut?
The following link is a great resource for information in regards to COVID-19 Vaccine updates: COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.Click Here
When will I find out which Phase I am in?
The State is in the process of creating more guidance on the timeframe of future phases, and those who are eligible. The following link is a great resource for updates on that information: COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.
The City of Danbury will continue to update its website on vaccine eligibility as more guidance is created.Click Here
If I know someone who is 75+ years of age, or I am 75+ years of age, how can I/they register for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Please check back on this page for COVID-19 Vaccine registration information.
Preferred Registration: It is highly recommended to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine with an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can create one at the following sites: Gmail.com, yahoo.com, or aol.com. After creation of the email, fill out the link below.
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. This phone line is open Mondays-Fridays, 8:00am-4:30pm.VAMS - State of CT
If I am registered and scheduled for a COVID-19 Vaccine appointment, what should I bring?
Please bring a form of identification to the appointment.
Can I receive the COVID-19 Vaccine if I was administered a different type of vaccine in the past 14 days?
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.
How can I schedule my second COVID-19 Vaccination appointment?
You are eligible to receive your second dose of the Moderna Vaccine 28 days (+/-4) after your first dose.
If you registered for your first vaccination online through VAMS, please schedule your succeeding appointment through VAMS as well. If you did not register online, please contact CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Line at (877)-918-2224.