COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The West Haven Health Department is partnering with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to provide the COVID-19 vaccine as it is available.

COVID-19 Vaccines: The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.

Important Vaccine Information: At this moment, the West Haven Health Department only has the Moderna and J&J vaccines. Our department continues to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics for West Haven residents. Although those 12 and older are eligible for vaccinations, we are currently administering only the Moderna and J&J vaccines to those 18 and older. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. If you are 12-17 years old, you will need to make an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine approved for that age group at this time. Most hospital-based clinics administer the Pfizer vaccine. If you need an appointment, call 211 for a list of available clinics, or call our department at 203-937-3660.

Scheduling Now: Individuals 12 and older. Enroll online at VAMS. If you are 12-17 years old, you will need to make an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine approved for that age group at this moment. For an appointment at the Yale University West Campus, residents can visit Yale New Haven Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

VAMS Tutorial: How To Create Your VAMS Profile and Schedule Your First Vaccine Appointment.

For more information on CT COVID-19 Vaccine: Phases and Eligibility, click here.

For all individualsAll eligible residents are required to make an appointment in advance of receiving a vaccine. To find available vaccination clinics statewide, residents can visit ct.gov/covidvaccine and enter their ZIP code.

Given the currently scarce supply of vaccine, it will take time for all residents to receive a vaccine. Residents can visit DPH’s main COVID-19 Vaccine Portal for the most up-to-date information on vaccine distribution in the state. As you approach your date of eligibility, please be sure to speak with your health care provider about their recommendations for receiving a vaccine. If you have already heard from your medical provider about receiving a vaccine, you do not need to do anything else.

An important statement from acting DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford on Avoiding Improper Vaccine Administration.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Options

HOW TO SCHEDULE

WHO SHOULD SCHEDULE

WHEN TO SCHEDULE

Schedule through a participating provider ready for the public distribution of vaccine to eligible residents: More than 100 health care providers statewide are offering COVID-19 vaccines. All locations require pre-scheduling and registration — no walk-ins will be allowed. 

  • UConn Health: Clinic locations in Farmington.
  • Hartford Healthcare: Several locations statewide.
  • Yale New Haven Health: Several locations statewide.
  • Walgreens: For locations, click here.
  • Stamford Health: Operating a clinic seven days a week at Stamford Hospital. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • CVS: Offering vaccine in four locations — Colchester, Putnam, Waterford, Windsor Locks — and will be expanding to more locations. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • Walmart: Offering vaccine at seven locations: West Haven, New Haven, Hartford, North Windham, Norwalk, Torrington and Waterbury. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • More locations are coming soon, and a map of all locations and more information will be available in the coming weeks. All locations require pre-scheduling and registration — no walk-ins will be allowed. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

12+

You may schedule now, but please be patient as scheduling an appointment may take time.

Schedule through the online Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Many providers can be accessed through the VAMS scheduling system, including:

  • Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations)
  • Griffin Hospital
  • Nuvance Health
  • Stamford Hospital
  • Bristol Hospital
  • Local Health Departments
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers

VAMS is the Vaccine Administration Management System, an online scheduling portal that allows individuals with an email address to create an account, log in and search for a vaccination clinic near them. Learn about VAMS here.

For step-by-step tips on scheduling with VAMS, click here.

People 12+ who have an email address and the ability to schedule an appointment online.

You may schedule now, but please be patient as scheduling an appointment may take time.

Schedule by phone by calling the Connecticut Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and will offer a callback option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

People 12+ who do not have the ability to schedule an appointment online.

You may schedule now, but please be patient as scheduling an appointment may take time.

If you are an individual who is eligible for vaccine, you can complete an enrollment application at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/onlinevaccine.

If you are an Employer/Organization that is ready to enroll your employees, you can complete an enrollment application at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/VAMSEnrollment.

If you are an individual who is eligible for vaccine but is NOT affiliated with an Employer/Organization, you can complete an enrollment application at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/Independent.

For information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut, click here.

For information on the phases of COVID-19 vaccination and how you access vaccine, click here.

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination can be found by clicking here.

General information on COVID-19 vaccines for recipients can be found by clicking here.

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After receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, please consider the following tools:

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

V-Safe — Use your smartphone to tell the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You will also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. For details, click here.

VaxText — A free text messaging platform that providers can offer patients. Patients can opt in to conveniently receive text message reminders to get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. VaxText offers the added benefit of reminding patients to sign up for v-safe, a tool that allows people to report adverse outcomes after vaccination. For details, click here.