Information about COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Dear Staff and Faculty, 

I’d like to bring to your attention some information about COVID-19 vaccine booster availability. It has been a bit confusing to track the information in the news, so I thought I would share information with you from the CT Department of Public Health (DPH). 

Boosters are currently available for particular groups of people who initially received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It is expected that the same groups of people who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will have access to boosters in the coming weeks. The specific groups eligible for a booster include the following: 

  • The CDC recommends that people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • The CDC recommends that people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • The CDC recommends that people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

  • The CDC recommends that people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

For the fourth category of people, education staff (teachers and support staff) are included in the list of occupations eligible for the booster. As a result, if you do not meet the criteria for the first three groups listed above, you may receive the booster as a result of working at the College. It is also worth noting that the CT DPH has informed vaccine providers that they continue to support patient self-identification and attestation in order to confirm eligibility for the booster. Therefore, you do not need to provide proof of employment at Connecticut College in order to receive the booster. 

At this time, the booster is not required by the College and the College is not asking for documentation related to the booster. 

I hope that this additional information on the booster is helpful. If you are looking for a vaccine provider, please go to the CT Vaccine Portal

Sincerely, 

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students