COVID update: Monroe to reopen for in-person services Monday

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MONROE, CT — A reopening of in-person municipal services will begin on Monday, March 22, when Monroe Town Hall, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Monroe Senior Center allow more visitors to come into the buildings.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg said it is in concert with the next phase of Connecticut’s reopening, as vaccinations reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, health guidelines are still in place.

“Rules regarding social distancing and mask requirements must be followed, regardless of vaccination status,” Kellogg said in his weekly update Wednesday.

The first selectman said the scheduling of appointments for routine town services through the town’s website are still encouraged. Residents may also continue to use the Town Hall dropbox in the police station lobby.

“The library will continue to offer ‘patio books’ and our ‘Library to Go’ curbside service,” Kellogg said.

The state of Connecticut recently accelerated the eligibility rollout for vaccinations. As of Friday, March 19, those over age 45 may begin to register for appointments. Then eligibility will be opened to everyone over age 16 on Monday, April 5.

“The state will be allocating additional vaccine to the Monroe Health Department for new ‘first dose’ clinics,” Kellogg said. “Currently, we continue to be supplied with Moderna vaccine. We will be scheduling new ‘first dose’ clinics in Monroe starting next week.”

New appointments will be visible in VAMS starting Thursday morning, between 9 and 10 a.m., Kellogg said, adding he expects the time slots to fill up quickly.

“Again, you must first be eligible and have completed the VAMS registration process in order to view available appointments,” he said.

To keep track of the expanding options for vaccinations, click on the links on the town’s website, which include healthcare systems and some pharmacies that use their own patient portal systems instead of VAMS.

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