Thursday, June 13, 2024

VAX Facts


The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of March 5th, 2021, 8,419 or 16.2% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with a first dose. Stratford clinics have dispensed 6,533 vaccines to date. It’s important to keep in mind that we are part of a larger regional and statewide vaccination network and effort.

Stratford does not vaccinate ONLY Stratford residents – many of residents and first responders have been vaccinated at locations outside Stratford, and conversely, many from outside of Stratford have been vaccinated here. 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.”

The CT Veterans Administration is currently vaccinating veterans of all ages. Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. Veterans (any age) must be enrolled for care with VA to receive the vaccine. Veterans can apply online at

Friday, March 19 – Vaccine by appointment at the Newington campus, 555 Willard Avenue., 8am-4pm, Call 203-932-5711 ext. 567, 7784 or 7754 to make an appointment.

Saturday, March 20 – Walk-in clinic at the West Haven campus, Firm B, Bldg. 2, 2nd floor, 950 Campbell Avenue, 8am-4pm. Call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754 to make an appointment.

March 18 and 19 – Walk-in clinic at the West Haven Annex, 200 Edison Road/Pez Blvd. in Orange. 1pm- 3:45pm.

Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, we’re asking patients not to bring anyone with them 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:

As of Friday, March 19, vaccine scheduling will be open to residents 45 years of age and older. We are encouraging everyone to register online through the CT DPH portal at:

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.

The Stratford Health Department is opening up appointments based on the vaccine supply given to us by the state. Appointments will open up as soon as we get additional doses. Please continue to check in VAMS for availability

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).

Governor Lamont has announced an update to vaccine eligibility in an attempt to speed up distribution of COVID-19 vaccines: Individuals who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Connecticut include:

All individuals age 55 and older;
Healthcare personnel;
Medical first responders;
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities;
Residents and staff of select congregate settings; and
PreK-12 school staff and professional childcare providers.

Going forward, Connecticut’s rollout of the vaccine will proceed on the following schedule:

March 19: Scheduling opens to all individuals age 45 to 54
April 5 (tentative): Scheduling opens to all individuals age 16 to 44

The state will work with providers and the Department of Developmental Services to accelerate access for the most medically high-risk individuals under 45 during the month of April.

Governor Ned Lamont announced significant planned changes to guidance associated with COVID-19 restrictions. Beginning Friday, March 19, all capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses, while face coverings, social distancing, and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be required:

Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11PM required closing time for dining rooms
Personal services
Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
Gyms/fitness centers
Museums, aquariums, and zoos
Houses of worship

Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:

Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors

All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance


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