'It's confusing,': Brookfield officials confused after Nuvance registers phase 1B residents for vaccine

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Ezra Zimmerman, of Ridgefield, owner of EZ Moving, volunteered to dive to Kentucky to pick up four used ventilators that Danbury Hospital had purchased. He was given a hero's welcome at the hospital and a police escort by state and local departments from I-84. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Danbury, Conn.

Ezra Zimmerman, of Ridgefield, owner of EZ Moving, volunteered to dive to Kentucky to pick up four used ventilators that Danbury Hospital had purchased. He was given a hero's welcome at the hospital and a police escort by state and local departments from I-84. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Danbury, Conn.

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BROOKFIELD — Registration for residents eligible for phase 1B vaccines via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Administration Management System has caused some confusion for the town now signing up residents 75 years or older, according to First Selectman Steve Dunn.

In an email to residents, Dunn said some entities, “such as Nuvance (Danbury Hospital) have entered many of our residents’ names and email addresses into the CDC-VAMS system without the residents’ knowledge.”

When Brookfield officials began registering people for the town’s upcoming vaccine clinic, hundreds of registrations were kicked back, according to Dunn.

“Some people are getting registered on the VAMS system without their knowledge, right, and it seems what Nuvance has done is just uploaded every person they have onto the VAMS system,” Dunn said. “So it’s confusing because when we try to register people who came through the town website, it doesn’t let us do that. You can only have one email and you can only register once with that email.”

Residents eligible for the next round of COVID-19 vaccines sent their information to the town ahead of time so when the time came, they could be registered. However, Nuvance went ahead and registered some Brookfield residents despite their wish to be signed up by the town, according to Dunn.

Dunn said residents should still be getting an email from VAMS telling them to register and make an appointment, regardless of whether or not the town or Nuvance completed the registration.

“In the end, it doesn’t matter, what matters is they do get registered and that they look for an email from VAMS telling them how they can register and then sign up to get the actual vaccination,” Dun said

Being registered by one specific entity does not mean residents have to be vaccinated by that group. After residents sign up, they can go into the system and make an appointment at any certified facility in Connecticut, Dunn said.

In his email, Dunn urged residents to check their inboxes for a VAMS invitation, including their spam and junk folders. Dunn encouraged residents to add their names to the town website with a unique email address on the offhand residents are unable to locate an invitation from VAMS.