Phase 1B Expands to 65-74 & Appointment Assist Line Also Expands

February 8, 2021

I’m excited to announce that Connecticut residents aged 65 to 74 will be able to  book appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting this Thursday, February 11, 2021.

If you are 65 to 74 years old, you can book your appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line (877-918-2224) as well as with some independent vaccine providers. You may also be able to book an appointment through the state’s online central system or VAMS. 
  • VAMS online system: VAMS is the Vaccine Administration Management System and can be used to schedule appointments at multiple clinics across the state. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • Call Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assist Line: Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment assist line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. To make an appointment, call 877-918-2224.
  • Hartford HealthCare: Hartford HealthCare has multiple locations throughout the state, including large clinics in the Hartford area. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • Yale New Haven Health: Yale New Haven Hospital has multiple locations throughout the state, including large clinics in the New Haven area. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • Stamford Health: Stamford Health is operating a clinic seven days per week at Stamford Hospital. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • Walgreens: Walgreens is currently offering the vaccine at 12 different locations and will soon be adding many more across the state. To make an appointment using this system, click here.
  • CVS: CVS is currently offering the vaccine in four locations (Colchester, Putnam, Waterford, and Windsor Locks) and will be expanding to 12 more locations in the next week. To make an appointment using this system, click here.

Walmart: Walmart will be offering the vaccine at seven locations across the state (Hartford, New Haven, North Windham, Norwalk, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Haven). To make an appointment using this system, click here.
 

It is also important to note that while you can now begin booking a vaccine appointment if you are in the 65- to 74-year-old age group, it may be several weeks before you actually receive your first shot due to ongoing vaccine shortages nationwide.
 
I want everyone to know that I am receiving your emails and calls about expanding access to teachers and individuals with severe underlying health conditions. I have shared these concerns and will continue to fight for the next phases to be as inclusive as possible.
 
While I am as frustrated as you are with the vaccine shortages and the continued confusion of the vaccine rollout, I ask for your patience as our state works to vaccinate all of our residents.
 
Additionally, I wanted to inform you that in partnership with the state Department of Public Health (DPH), the United Way of Connecticut has announced plans to immediately expand availability and access to vaccine scheduling through the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line.

The Appointment Assist Line is expanding to 12 hours a day - 7 days a week. There will be 125 appointment specialists on duty and 10,000 appointments per week available.

Starting TODAY, 125 trained contact specialists will be available to take phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments from 8a.m. to 8p.m., seven days a week. Contact specialists will have the capability of booking up to 10,000 appointments at twelve locations across the state. This added capacity comes just in time as Connecticut begins to receive larger supplies of vaccination doses on a weekly basis for the expansion of Phase 1b eligibility. 

Key points on the expansion of the Vaccine Appointment Assist Line:

  • Scheduling available seven days per week
  • Scheduling occurs between 8a.m. - 8p.m. each day
  • Minimal wait times
  • Appointments being booked at multiple locations across the state
  • Up to 10,000 appointments per week
  • 125 contact specialists trained and answering appointment calls

The phone number to call for vaccination scheduling is: 877-918-2224.

The best place to access information on vaccine priority scheduling is via CT's Vaccine Portal.

The United Way reiterates that language assistance is available for those who need it and those who are deaf or hard-of- hearing can access the Vaccine Appointment Assist Line by dialing 7-1-1.