COVID-19 Vaccine Information
How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination in Middletown
Who is Eligible?
- Healthcare personnel
- Medical first responders
- Long-term Care Facility Staff & Residents
- Individuals 16 and older
- Educators & Childcare Providers
How can I make an appointment ?
Do not make an appointment until you become eligible.
- You can request enrollment for the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) through the State of Connecticut. VAMS can be used to schedule appointments and track COVID-19 vaccination status.
- The state Department of Health has set up a zip code-based search tool that can be found here. Please do not show up to clinics without an appointment.
- If you prefer to schedule over the phone, you can call 877-918-2224 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM any day of the week.
- Stop & Shop is now accepting appointments through their website: https://stopandshopsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory
- You can also search for COVID-19 vaccine locations near you through VaccineFinder, a national database of vaccine locations. Note: VaccineFinder does not provide an exhaustive list of vaccine locations: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Middletown Vaccine Waitlist
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
- Body Aches
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
- If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
- If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
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.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine was paused by the State of Connecticut on 4/13/21 out of an abundance of caution, due to 6 CVST blood clots reported out of more than 6.8 million vaccines administered. While this event has been extremely rare, thorough investigations are being conducted to ensure safety. There have been no cases of CVST in Connecticut, even with over 100,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered.
If you have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:
CVST blood clots are very rare in the vaccine group, but in an abundance of caution it is recommended that you look for symptoms.
Contact your healthcare provider or seek emergency medical care if you have received the vaccine within the last 3 weeks and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
- Leg pain
- Shortness of Breath
If you are scheduled to receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine:
- Your vaccination site should contact you about either rescheduling or getting a different vaccine
- Reach out if you have not heard
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.
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 recommendation. Please continue to follow state and local guidelines, and continue to wear masks in public spaces.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Vaccine Information and Data
|Pfizer/BioNTech||Moderna||Johnson & Johnson|
|Days Between Doses||21||28||NA - Single Dose|
|Vaccine Type||mRNA||mRNA||Modified Adenovirus|
The State of Connecticut is tracking and frequently updating COVID-19 vaccine data, which can be found at the link below: