COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Who is currently eligible for the COVID vaccine?

  • Healthcare personnel
  • Medical first responders
  • Long-term Care Facility Staff & Residents
  • Individuals 55 and older
  • Educators & Childcare Providers

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Projected Timeline

COVID-19 vaccine March eligibility and projected eligibility timeline*Dates subject to change. Check this webpage or go to https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal for updates. 

  • March 22nd: Individuals 45-54 years old
  • April 12th: Individuals 35-44 years old
  • May 3rd: Individuals 16-34 years old


How can I make an appointment?

The state Department of Health has set up a zip code-based search tool that can be found here. Please do not show up to clinics without an appointment.  

If you prefer to schedule over the phone, you can call 877-918-2224 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM any day of the week. 

Vaccination clinics at the Middletown Senior Center

Middletown residents aged 60 and over can also pre-register by calling (860) 638-4549 or sending an email to seniorvaccine@middletownct.gov..  Please include your full name, phone number, date of birth, home address, email (if you have one), and whether you are living in a private home/apartment, or senior/public housing.

Once pre-registered, you will receive a call back when the vaccine becomes available.  You will be given an appointment date and time.  Please do not show up at the clinic without an appointment.

FDA Approved Vaccines

  Pfizer/BioNTech Moderna Johnson & Johnson
Doses 2 2  
Days Between Doses 21 28 NA - Single Dose
Vaccine Type mRNA mRNA Modified Adenovirus
Ages 16+ 18+ 18+

Vaccine Fact Sheets 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is one vaccine better than another?

A: “Shopping around” for a specific vaccine brand is not recommended. All three available vaccines decrease risk of getting sick, requiring hospitalization if you do get sick, and lower your risk of death. While the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were better in trials at preventing symptomatic illness, all three vaccines were highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and death. The best vaccine is the one that is available to you. 

Q: Can the COVID vaccine give you COVID-19?

A: No, neither the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines contain live virus, so the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine contains an adenovirus, which is the same weakened virus used in the shingles vaccine. 

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: As with any vaccination, some mild side effects can be expected. Side effects are the result of your body developing an immune response. Common side effects may include:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Chills

Q: I already had COVID-19.  Should I still get the vaccine?

A: Yes, but you may not be a high priority since your body may have developed antibodies against the virus. Check with your medical provider to see when you should receive the vaccine.

Q: I just received my first dose (or second dose)!  Should I keep wearing a mask and social distancing? 

A: Yes, continue masking and social distancing until public health guidelines change.   No vaccine is 100% effective,  and  it will take time for your body to develop an immune response to the virus.  It is also unknown at this time if someone is still able to spread the virus to others even after being vaccinated.

Q: Is it safe to get vaccinated if I have an underlying health condition?

A: Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity.  People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. It is recommended that people with these conditions get vaccinated. 

Individuals who have had prior allergic reactions to injectable medicines should consult with their medical providers before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.  

Q: Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant or nursing? 

A: Yes. The Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines do not contain live virus, and are considered to be safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

We do know that people who are pregnant are at an increased risk for severe infections, hospitalization, and ventilation when infected with COVID-19. COVID-19 infection also increases risk for preterm birth. 

For questions about your specific medical care, talk to your healthcare provider.

Q: I’ve had allergic reactions to other shots, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

A: You should talk with your provider about what allergies may make it risky for you to get the COVID-19 vaccination, but it has proven safe in the vast majority of instances. Notify your vaccinator of your allergy history prior to receiving your vaccine. You may be asked to sit in observation for 30 minutes after your vaccination if you have a history of anaphylactic reactions to vaccines. 

Q: I have a food allergy or seasonal allergies, can I get the vaccine? 

A: Yes, as stated above, allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines are rare. Talk with your vaccinator or medical provider for questions specific to your care. 

Q: Is mRNA safe? 

A: Yes. Our bodies naturally make mRNA every day and it is rapidly degraded, so it does not stay in our bodies for long. mRNA is the blueprint for making proteins. It cannot change your DNA, 

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines contain mRNA that gives the instructions to make the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This allows us to make a strong immune response to many parts of the protein without exposing us to the virus. This technology has been tested and developed over decades.

Q: I have a question about my personal medical history or my specific circumstance. Who can I talk to? 

Talk to you medical provider for any questions specific to you. You may also call 2-1-1 for help locating resources or information.

Q: What are some reputable sources for information about the COVID vaccines if I want more information? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health are both good sources of vaccine information. Links to their COVID-19 vaccine FAQ pages are linked below: 


Last Updated 34/2021 9:29 AM

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