COVID vaccinations available for those age 75 and older

MONROE, CT — Residents age 75 and older may now register for vaccines against the coronavirus, according to an update issued by First Selectman Ken Kellogg Thursday.

“There are three general options at this time,” he said. “This information will be updated regularly on the town’s website.”

Visit the town website and look for links on the red banner at the top of the page.

Kellogg said the first option is to register and schedule an appointment directly through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

“Many other healthcare systems and local health departments, including the Monroe Health Department, are offering vaccination clinics,” he said. “Please note, we receive a very limited number of doses each week. While Monroe will continue to hold vaccination clinics weekly, it may be possible to get vaccinated earlier at other locations in our area by making an appointment through VAMS at another location.”

Residents who want help setting up an email address can call the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library at 203-452-2852.

“Registration is a two-step process,” Kellogg said. “After step one, you will need to keep checking for an email from the CDC for further instructions to complete your registration in VAMS.”

Once both steps are complete, residents can find and book an appointment at several locations in the area through VAMS.

The second option is to register and schedule an appointment directly through a healthcare provider.

“If you are contacted by your doctor, healthcare provider or a healthcare system where you are a patient, you may simply register and coordinate vaccination directly with that provider,” Kellogg said.

Registration and scheduling can be done directly through some healthcare systems’ websites, including Hartford Healthcare and UConn Health. More locations will be added and available on Connecticut’s website.

The third option is to schedule an appointment by calling the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 1-877-918-2224.

“No email or internet access is required, however it may take several attempts to get through at this time,” Kellogg said. “This is a statewide number.”

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