Naugatuck health officials offer COVID vaccines at Seymour Community Center

Michaela Garcia, of Shelton, administers Covid-19 swab tests during the opening day of Griffin Hospital's drive through testing site at Unity Park in Trumbull, Conn. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Free testing will be available each Tuesday at the site from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Michaela Garcia, of Shelton, administers Covid-19 swab tests during the opening day of Griffin Hospital's drive through testing site at Unity Park in Trumbull, Conn. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Free testing will be available each Tuesday at the site from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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SHELTON — The Naugatuck Valley Health District is offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by appointment to eligible individuals.

Immunization clinics will be held at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St., Seymour, on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are very excited to join our colleagues by hosting clinics for eligible members in our jurisdiction,” NVHD Director of Health Jessica Kristy said.

“Please know that we share in the frustration expressed by our partners and community members in this roll out,” Kristy added, “but also know that we, locally and at the state level, are working extremely hard to advocate for better communication and direction while also expanding the eligible populations in the coming weeks.”

Phase 1A, which has been ongoing since last month, called for vaccines for health care personnel, long-term care facility residents and medical first responders.

Connecticut residents ages 75 and over can now register for their COVID-19 vaccine online, with the state expected to expand those eligible for vaccinations in the next phase in the coming weeks, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday.

Phase 1B of the vaccine roll-out is scheduled to begin Monday for residents ages 75 and older. Those eligible can schedule appointments online now.

“We know many people are excited to receive the vaccine and the promise of the future that comes with it, but we are limited in our ability to distribute them purely based on the amount we receive from the federal government,” Lamont said in a statement Thursday. “We are hopeful we will see increased allocations in the coming weeks and months, which will lead to even more light at the end of the tunnel.”

Lamont said the state is expecting to receive 46,000 doses weekly from the federal government. He said an estimated 1.3 million state residents are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B.

He said he also accepted the recommendations of the Allocation Subcommittee of the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand Phase 1B to include residents between the ages of 65 and 74, as well as those between 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus.

Lamont’s office said Phase 1B includes about 1.3 million residents. Lamont’s office said the governor has requested the state Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for those who are 75 and older.

“As supply increases and a significant portion of individuals over 75 have received the vaccine, phase 1B will open up to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing issues of equity and risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19,” the governor’s office said.

Other than those ages 75 and older, Phase 1B already included residents and staff of congregate settings and front-line essential workers.

Beginning Thursday, residents age 75 and older can make appointments for vaccinations online. To register with Hartford HealthCare, visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/coronavirus/vaccine or call 860-972-4993.Those without internet access can call the appointment assistance line at 877-918-2224.

NVHD stated that residents can check for state vaccination phases and eligibility updates online.

Phase 1A eligible people who are registered in VAMS should search “Naugatuck Valley Health District” or “06483” to schedule their appointment with NVHD.

NVHD officials stated that eligible individuals must register and complete all online registration forms through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), initiated by their employer. Walk-ins and non-eligible individuals will be turned away.

Recipients will also be asked to sign an attestation form upon arrival for their appointment. Clinic appointments and times may vary so check VAMS for appointment availability and confirmation.

For more information, visit the NVHD website.

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