COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

I am writing to share some great news! Tomorrow, April 1 (no joking!), all of the College’s faculty and staff will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. If you haven’t yet received your vaccine or scheduled your vaccine appointment, I encourage you to join many of your Conn colleagues who already have. Getting your vaccine is the best way to keep you, your family, our campus community and neighbors safe. It will also enable us to provide the fullest experience possible for students, staff and faculty and enable us to return to a greater sense of normalcy this fall.

The vaccine is free, but there is a small fee for administration of the vaccine. The College’s insurance, and most other insurances, will fully cover this cost.

To make your appointment, you can:

  • Participate in a Hartford HealthCare Closed Clinic on April 9. Harford HealthCare (HHC) has invited Conn employees to attend a vaccine clinic on April 9 exclusively for Conn and their other partners. There will be three sites for these Closed Clinics - Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, or Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford. Registration for these clinics will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, and there is limited capacity, so you should reserve your appointment as soon as possible if you are interested. Registration instructions and more information about these clinics are included in the attached document titled “HHC Vaccine Clinic Information – April 9” (located at the bottom of this email).
  • Work with your healthcare provider. If you have already heard from your healthcare provider about receiving the vaccine, continue to work with them to ensure you get an appointment.
  • Visit Connecticut’s central vaccine locator. This website allows you to locate vaccination sites based on zip code. Each listing provides a direct link to that sites registration web site. Pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens and hospital systems such as Hartford HealthCare and Yale have their own registration websites. Other providers use the Vaccine Management Administration System or VAMS. Registration through VAMS is a multistep process. The attached document titled “VAMS Tips” provides guidance the registration and appointment scheduling process.
  • Call Connecticut’s central phone line. Make an appointment at a number of sites across the State, including the mass vaccination site at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field by calling 877-918-2224, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Regardless of the method you use to schedule your appointment, please be patient with the process. Website and phone traffic is heavy. Keep trying. If no appointments are available, don’t worry —vaccine supply is increasing rapidly and new appointments are added across the State on a daily basis, so try again a day or so later.

Well wishes,
Cheryl Miller
Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development