Important: COVID-19 Vaccination Instructions

Dear Students, 

The State of Connecticut recently announced that your age group is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning tomorrow (Thursday, April 1). Individuals 16 and older who live, work or attend schools in Connecticut are eligible to receive a vaccine. Showing your Connecticut College ID is sufficient to demonstrate in-state eligibility. Students who are remote this semester and who reside outside of Connecticut should receive their vaccine in their home states.

In order to ensure that there is ready access to vaccines for the general population—including individuals with high-risk conditions, individuals working in jobs in which they cannot easily socially distance, as well as other vulnerable populations—dedicated allocations are not being made for College-specific clinics in the first two weeks of April. The State has indicated its commitment to providing Johnson & Johnson vaccines to higher education institutions in early May, if not sooner. We are working with Hartford HealthCare to develop plans to host closed clinics with dedicated time slots for you, possibly on campus, as soon as the State provides us with access to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We are very grateful to the Governor and his administration for making this commitment to college students in Connecticut. 

I anticipate that when vaccine registration opens tomorrow, there will be a rush to schedule appointments. You are eligible to sign up for a vaccine appointment on your own beginning tomorrow, but I encourage you to consider waiting in order for others in our New London County community to have access to the vaccine and to avoid the rush for appointments in the first two weeks. Appointments will become easier to access in a couple of weeks, and you can also get vaccinated through our closed clinics, which will be available in early May.   

In order to make appointments on your own, you have a variety of options, including CVS, Walgreens, Stop & Shop, local health districts, the Community Health Center, Yale New Haven Health and Hartford HealthCare. 

  • To access links to all the locations where vaccines are being distributed in our area, please go to the CT Vaccine Portal. When you type in our zip code (06320), you will see a list of vaccination locations and the type of vaccine that is being given at the particular site. Note that if you are making an appointment online, you will need to create an account within each provider’s system. 

  • You can also schedule an appointment by phone by calling 877-918-2224 (8 a.m.–8 p.m., 7 days a week). 

  • When selecting a site to be vaccinated remember that if you are 16 or 17, you are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. If you are 18 and older, you are eligible for Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. 

The amount of vaccine available is controlled by the State of Connecticut, not Connecticut College or Hartford HealthCare. The availability of the vaccine will continue to dictate how many people will be able to schedule appointments for vaccination in the coming weeks. The Connecticut Department of Public Health expects that, by early May, supply will begin to exceed demand and appointments will be more readily available. 

If you have questions about the vaccines, please visit the Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs or review Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs. I also invite you to watch this brief video on the importance of getting vaccinated. 

As a reminder, students are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but are not required to do so. If you have concerns about whether you should get the vaccine, you should reach out to our medical providers in Student Health Services or your personal medical provider.

Please keep in mind that the vaccine does not reach its full strength until two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In addition, it is possible that vaccinated persons may still transmit the virus to others. It is therefore important that you continue to follow the Camels Care Pledge and related guidelines for the remainder of the semester. Everyone must continue to wear a mask, maintain social distance (six feet inside and three feet outside), report your symptoms, complete your twice-weekly tests and wash your hands often to keep both you and our community healthy and safe.

Thank you for your attention to the safety of our community and I encourage you to consider getting vaccinated. If we want to achieve community immunity at Connecticut College, we need the vast majority of our employees and students to be vaccinated. If we can achieve this goal, we will be on the road to returning to a more normal campus experience in the fall. 

Go Camels!

 

Victor Arcelus

Dean of Students