Despite all the precautions we have been taking, COVID-19 still remains an ongoing issue. There are several variants of the COVID-19 virus which can affect individuals differently. Fortunately, vaccines and boosters have been effective in keeping cases mild. The CDC reports that 95% of Connecticut’s total population has received at least one vaccine dose and 80.4% are fully vaccinated. Here’s the latest information about what you need to know regarding COVID-19, vaccines, and boosters in Connecticut:
What Vaccines are Available?
There are four main types of vaccines available. These include:
- Pfizer and Moderna: These are approved for people 6 and over. They are made with mRNA technology which simulates the virus in the body to boost antibodies.
- Novavax: Approved for 18 and over, this vaccine takes a more traditional approach injecting the COVID-19 protein into the body.
- Johnson & Johnson (J&J): This one-shot vaccine may not be as effective as a two round course and has also been associated with blood clotting in rare cases. However, it’s a good alternative for people who cannot get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons.
What About Boosters?
Boosters are necessary in maintaining immunity to COVID-19. But how many should you be getting and when do you need them? Here are some guidelines based on age.
- Individuals that are between the ages of 5 – 17 should get a booster five months after their second shot of Moderna and two months after their first J&J shot.
- Individuals that are 18 and over should get a booster five months after their second shot of Pfizer and two months after their first J&J shot.
- Individuals that are 50 and over should get a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna four months after their first.
Different guidelines apply for those who are immunocompromised. Check with your provider for more information.
Where Can I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone ages 6 months and older in Connecticut at:
- Pharmacies (including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and others)
- Medical institutions (including hospitals, health departments, community health centers, and mobile clinics)
You may also be able to get one at work or at home if you meet certain requirements. Connecticut residents can call 211 to make an appointment or visit covidvaccinefinder.ct.gov to explore providers near you.
Do I Need to Pay for a COVID-19 Vaccine?
No, COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 6 months and older free of charge, regardless of health insurance or immigration status. If someone approaches you about paying for the vaccine, it’s likely a scam. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine scams
How Effective are COVID-19 Vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Protection is highest in adults who receive a booster dose. Some people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick as no vaccine is 100% effective.
What Should I Do with My Vaccination Card?
Your vaccination card may be necessary if you are engaging in certain types of travel or getting a booster shot. It’s best to keep it in a safe place. Posting it on social media is not recommended as it could cause a security risk. If you lose your card, you can contact the site where you got it or the state health department to get another copy.
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Learn more and explore vaccine and booster options in the Connecticut Vaccine Portal.
Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes. As with any medical advice, please consult with your own medical professionals when making health decisions.