COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Updated 5/18/2021 at 1:47 PM

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Everyone over the age of 12 is eligible to get vaccinated! 

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been granted an Emergency Use Authorization to vaccinate all people over the age of 12. Everyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

Vaccine Fact Sheets 

How can I make an appointment ?

There are many locations offering vaccine appointments. Many locations are also offering walk-in vaccine appointments. See the links below for information on how to get your vaccine from specific locations. 

Vaccine for persons who are homebound

The Middletown Health Department is offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for individuals who cannot leave their homes.  In order to qualify for the homebound program, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Help is needed by another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or wheelchair to leave their home.
  • The person's medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home.
  • They typically do not leave their home.
  • No history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction requiring the use of epinephrine (e.g. Epi Pen)

Please call 860-638-4965 Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM to be added to the pre-registration list.  Or, fill out the online form: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound

After You've Been Vaccinated

What to Expect After Vaccination 

Side effects after vaccination is common for all vaccines. Side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people may experience the following after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • Pain or mild swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Tiredness

Treating Side Effects

  • If you have fever, chills, pain, or discomfort talk to your doctor about taking an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen after your vaccination
    • Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen before vaccination is not recommended
  • To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot: •
    • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
    • Use or exercise your arm
  • To reduce discomfort from fever: 
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Dress lightly 

When to Call your Healthcare Provider or 9-1-1

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 
    • Severe headache
    • Abdominal pain
    • Leg pain
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Blue lips or face
    • New or worsening chest pain
    • New or worsening confusion
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days


V Safe

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Your participation in CDC’s v-safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe.

Click here for more information about V-Safe. To register, visit vsafe.cdc.gov on your smartphone or point your smartphone camera at the QR code below.

V Safe Registration QR Code and link




What Can I do now that I am vaccinated? 

14 days after you have received your final dose, you are considered "fully vaccinated." 

  • If you received the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, you will be fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose. 
  • If you received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you will be fully vaccinated 14 days after the single dose. 

The guidance below does not apply to people who have only received one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The guidance below also does not apply to people who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) or second dose Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine less than 2 weeks ago. 

CDC Guidelines for fully vaccinated Individuals

The CDC has released guidelines for people who meet the above criteria to be fully vaccinated. Please visit the link below for their full recommendations. Please continue to follow state and local laws and guidelines, and continue to wear masks in public spaces. 

Continue to: 

  • Follow state and local laws and guidelines 
  • Follow policies set by private businesses
  • Quarantine, contact a healthcare provider, and get a COVID-19 test if you are having any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Mask and social distance while travelling; masks are still required on public transportation or in transportation hubs, like airports and stations

If you are FULLY vaccinated, you can now: 

  • You can resume activities with masking or social distancing, except:
    • Where masking and/or social distancing are required by state/local/territorial law
    • Where masking and/or social distancing are required by businesses or workplaces
    • Travel within the United States without getting a COVID-19 test before or after
      • International travel laws may require testing before or after travel. Look into travel laws for the United States and your destination(s) before departing
    • Travel within the United States without quarantining 
      • International travel laws may require testing before or after travel. Look into travel laws for the United States and your destination(s) before departing
    • Forego quarantining and testing if you are exposed to COVID-19
      • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you will still need to quarantine and get tested

https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/masks 

You may continue to mask and/or socially distance after you are fully vaccinated if this makes you more comfortable. For specific questions related to your medical care, please reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance. 

For more information, please see the CDC's guidance for fully vaccinated individuals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Vaccine Information and Data

COVID-19 Vaccines Granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA

  Pfizer/BioNTech Moderna Johnson & Johnson
Doses 2 2  
Days Between Doses 21 28 NA - Single Dose
Vaccine Type mRNA mRNA Modified Adenovirus
Ages 12+ 18+ 18+

Vaccination Rates

The State of Connecticut is tracking and frequently updating COVID-19 vaccine data, which can be found at the link below: 

https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/CoVP-COVID-Vaccine-Distribution-Data/bhcd-4mnv/

Other COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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