Please be aware that information regarding vaccination is rapidly changing. For the most up-to-date information visit the websites at the bottom of the page.
Where are we at with vaccine distribution?
Connecticut rolled out phase 1a of its COVID-19 vaccination program, during which the vaccine is available for healthcare personnel, residents and staff of long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and medical first responders.
Phase 1b has also recently begun. Residents in the state who are age 75 or older can now begin scheduling appointments to get vaccinated. In the coming weeks, other populations included in phase 1b will be able to make appointments, including those between the ages of 65 and 74, those between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions, residents and staff of congregate settings, and frontline essential workers.
Information on Phase 1c will be coming soon.
Is the vaccine safe?
The data show that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are about 95% effective, are very safe. It is not uncommon to experience mild side effects such as a sore arm or fatigue a day or two after receiving the vaccine. There have been a couple more serious allergic reactions, but these are extremely rare.
The vaccine is considered our most important tool to end this pandemic. While receiving the vaccine is an individual choice, most medical professionals strongly recommend you receive the vaccine as soon as you become eligible.
How do I get the vaccine?
Current protocols require eligible recipients to register themselves via the state vaccine portal https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine unless they are registered through their place of employment. Every individual must have their own unique email address to register through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
Eligible registrants should complete all required fields. You will receive an email from VAMS and they will provide various local options on where vaccine is available based on zip code.
If you are a Darien senior who needs assistance, please contact the Darien Health and Human Services Department at 203-656-7328. Assistance is also available on the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 1-877-918-2224.
Be aware of potential fraud
Medicare covers the vaccine at no cost to you, but be aware of scams.
Here’s what to know:
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine.
- Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee. Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit fraud.
For more information
You can find detailed information and links for Darien in the red bar at the top of the Town of Darien website http://www.darienct.gov
For up-to-date information visit the State of Connecticut website https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
Keep doing your part by washing your hands, wearing your face covering properly, and practicing social distancing.