VAX Facts

Vaccination Clinic for Teachers and Eligible Staff on Saturday

The Stratford Health Department will be holding a special vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 6th, specifically for Stratford teachers, eligible staff, eligible support staff (such as bus drivers) and day care providers. It will be a “closed” VAMS clinic focusing only on teachers and associated professionals. Those who wish to sign up for the clinic can access it through the VAMS system. The clinic will run from 9 am until 4pm.

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of February 25th, 2021, 7,401 or 14.27% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with a first dose.

Stratford clinics have dispensed 4,331 vaccines to date. It’s important to keep in mind that Stratford is part of a larger regional and statewide vaccination network and effort. Stratford does not vaccinate ONLY Stratford residents – many residents and first responders have been vaccinated at locations outside Stratford, and conversely, many from outside of Stratford have been vaccinated here.

The Stratford Health Department is partnering with Stratford EMS in order to bring COVID-19 vaccines to residents determined to be “homebound” and unable to safely access the vaccine clinics being offered by Stratford Health. This is being done under the Governor’s executive order 7HHH, and is being called “Operation Homeward Bound” by the Stratford Health and EMS team.

Stratford EMS is providing EMS personnel who have been qualified as “vaccinators” through the State Department of Public Health and partnering them with another “Healthcare Professionals” like a Registered Nurse, to make up “vaccine teams” to deliver COVID vaccine services to those individuals determined by Stratford Health Department as being “homebound.”

Effective March 1st, VA Connecticut will offer COVID-19 vaccine to enrolled patients regardless of age. Depending on location, VA Connecticut patients will receive either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. As of Feb. 28, the healthcare system has vaccinated approximately 17,000 enrolled VA patients through a series of scheduled appointments and walk-in clinics.

Veterans (any age) must be enrolled for care with VA to receive the vaccine. They are administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Location will determine which vaccine is given. Availability is first come, first served. Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, we ask that veterans not bring anyone to the clinic.

Clinics will continue at Birdseye every Tuesday and Wednesday based on vaccine supply and eligibility.

Governor Lamont recently announced that the state will continue taking an age-based approach to distribution of the COVID vaccine, making the following update to the vaccine schedule:

The planned schedule is as follows:
March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

The State has spelled out additional individuals who are eligible for vaccinations in Phase 1b, those additional individuals include:
Residents between the ages of 65 and 74 Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus Residents and staff of congregate settings Frontline essential workers

Following the Governor’s orders, our clinics are now open to Stratford residents 55 years of age and older. We are encouraging everyone to register online through the CT DPH portal at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine. Registering in the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) provides you with flexibility in securing an appointment at any area clinic, including at the Stratford Health
Department.

Vaccine clinics require an appointment (no walk-ins accepted) to be made in advance. When viewing the directory of vaccine clinics, click on ‘More Details’ for specific information about how you can schedule an appointment at each location. Some locations offer online scheduling through their website or electronic health record, others allow scheduling by phone, and some locations can be booked through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

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