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Information about the Coronavirus

Griffin Health is committed to your care and safety. Please call your doctor or provider before your visit. General COVID-19 information is available here or call the COVID hotline at 203-204-1053. Vaccination information is available here.

COVID-19 Vaccination


Are you eligible for an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?


Click here to see if it is recommended for you.



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We’re giving out free day passes to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury for everyone who comes to a Griffin Mobile Vaccination Clinic (yellow SUVs) to receive their first dose COVID-19 vaccination!

Day passes include all of the rides as well as the waterpark! Enjoy a day out as our thank you for keeping yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe. Visit one of the convenient Griffin Mobile Vaccination sites near you below to get your pass - all locations are walk-up welcome!

Second dose vaccinations are not eligible to receive the Quassy Pass


COVID-19 Vaccination

Information on COVID-19 Pfizer Booster Vaccinations

On 9/24/21, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization practices voted to recommend that a single dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be administered as a booster at least six months after full vaccination to individuals ages 65 and older as well as individuals 18-64 who are at risk of severe COVID-19.

Griffin Health is prepared to provide boosters and is currently administering third doses to eligible individuals in accordance with the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization and the CDC’s recommendation. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0924-booster-recommendations-.html for complete details about eligibility recommendations.

The advisory committee did not address booster shots for the Moderna or the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Further booster recommendations for those vaccines are anticipated in the coming weeks. At this time, third doses of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine is only available for immunocompromised individuals who are age 18 or older. Please visit Who is eligible for third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine? (ct.gov) for more information on who can receive a third dose.



Griffin Vaccination Centers

Our COVID-19 Vaccination Centers at 10 Progress Drive in Shelton and 727 Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck accept walk-in appointments.

Both of these spacious centers offer convenient, comfortable and efficient COVID-19 vaccinations. The State of Connecticut has determined that everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Griffin COVID-19 Vaccination Location & Hours

Vaccination center at 10 Progress Drive, Shelton:

  • 8 AM to 4 PM on weekdays
  • Saturdays 7 AM to Noon

Vaccination center at 727 Rubber Ave, Naugatuck:

  • 12 to 6 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Saturdays 7 AM to Noon

Individuals are encouraged to bring their health insurance card and photo ID if they have them. However, it is not necessary to have health insurance or a state-issued ID to receive the vaccine. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance or ID.

The Centers will continue to accept scheduled appointments. To schedule ahead, please call 203-433-3394 to speak to an appointment scheduling specialist, or if you prefer to book online, click below to register through VAMS:


Click here to begin the VAMS process


Community Outreach Mobile Vaccination Teams

Community Vaccination Team Vehicle

Griffin is partnering with the DPH and local health departments to coordinate free walk-up clinics throughout the state to make sure residents of each town have more access to life saving vaccine. Our mobile vaccination teams are scheduled* to be at:
*Outdoor clinic dates are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather (including rain, high wind, lightning, etc.)

 

Date City Location Address Time
15-Oct Bethel Bethel High School 300 Whittlesly Drive, Bethel 12PM-2PM
15-Oct Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p
15-Oct Canaan Housatonic Valley Regional High School 246 Warren Turnpike Road 3-7p
15-Oct Hartford Achievement First Hartford 305 Greenfield Street, Hartford 2-6p
15-Oct Milford Bridges Healthcare 941 Bridgeport Avenue 10-4p
15-Oct New Haven Southern Connecticut State University 320 Fitch St - Schwartz Hall 2-6:30pm
15-Oct New Haven New Haven Green 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511 10-4p
15-Oct Norwalk SoNo Branch Library 10 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854 11a-4p
15-Oct Southbury Southbury Training School: Cottage 31 1461 South Britain Road, Southbury, CT 06488 6:30a-3:30p
15-Oct Stamford St. Mary's Church (front lawn) 567 Elm St 11-4p
15-Oct Stamford Cummings Park 465 Shippan Ave 11-4p
15-Oct Stamford Michael F. Lione Park 326 Stillwater Ave , Stamford, 06902 11-4p
15-Oct Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 40 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p
15-Oct Stamford Jackie Robinson Park Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, 06902 (Intersection of West Main Street and Richmond Hill Ave) 11-4p
16-Oct Ansonia Ansonia High School 20 Pulaski Highway 10-2p
16-Oct Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p
16-Oct Bridgeport St John's Family Center 1067 Park Ave 9a-12p
16-Oct Bridgeport Food Share Bridgeport 1316 barnum avenue 7:45a-10:30a
16-Oct East Harford YMCA Larsen Center 81 woodlawn circle 10-1p
16-Oct East Hartford UConn Football Home Game Vs Yale 615 Silver Lane TBD
16-Oct East Haven East Haven High School 35 Wheelbarrow Lane 10-2p
16-Oct Hartford Keney Park Sustainability Project,Keney Park (Woodland & Greenfield Entrance) Woodland and Greenfield Street intersection 10-2p
16-Oct Ledyard Maugle Sierra Vineyard 825 Colonel Ledyard Highway 1-5p
16-Oct Manchester Illing Middle School - Road Race Clinic 227 East Middle Turnpike 9-2p
16-Oct New Fairfield New Fairfield High School, cafeteria 54 Gillotti Road 9a-5p
16-Oct New Haven New Haven Green 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511 10-4p
16-Oct New Haven Long Wharf Located in parking lot area on waterfront side (middle of food trucks) 11a-5p
16-Oct New Haven Amistad Academy 580 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven 9-5p
16-Oct North Branford Northford Ice Pavilion 24 Fire-Lite Place 10-4p
16-Oct North Haven Achieve Therapy 462 Washington ave. North Haven, CT, 06473. 9a-2p
16-Oct south windsor Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk 400 Evergreen Way Suite 436 9:30-1p
16-Oct Stamford Cummings Park 466 Shippan Ave 11-6p
16-Oct Stamford Michael F. Lione Park 327 Stillwater Ave , Stamford, 06902 11-6p
16-Oct Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 41 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-6p
16-Oct Stamford Jackie Robinson Park Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, 06902 (Intersection of West Main Street and Richmond Hill Ave) 11-6p
16-Oct Stratford Great Pumpkin Festival @ Booth Park 5800 Main Street 12-5p
16-Oct Waterbury Payless Waterbury 910 Wolcott St 9a-3p
16-Oct Windsor Hopewell Church 280 Windsor Avenue 11-1p
17-Oct Colchester Priam Vineyards 11 Shailor Hill RD, Colchester 12-5p
17-Oct Hartford Hispanic Health Council @ CTown 165 Wethersfield Avenue 12-2p
17-Oct Hartford My People Clinical Services 111 Gillett Street, Hartford, CT 12-4pm
17-Oct New Haven Long Wharf Located in parking lot area on waterfront side (middle of food trucks) 11a-5p
17-Oct New Haven New Haven Green 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511 10-4p
17-Oct New Haven Goffe Street Park 255 Goffe Street - DeGale Field 2-4p
17-Oct North Branford Northford Ice Pavilion 24 Fire-Lite Place 10-4p
17-Oct Redding Redding Community Center 37 Lonetown Rd (route 107)-- center is BEHIND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1-4p
17-Oct Stamford Cummings Park 466 Shippan Ave 11-4p
17-Oct Stamford Michael F. Lione Park 327 Stillwater Ave , Stamford, 06902 11-4p
17-Oct Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 41 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p
17-Oct Stamford Jackie Robinson Park Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, 06902 (Intersection of West Main Street and Richmond Hill Ave) 11-4p
17-Oct Stratford Stratford High School 245 King Street - entrance on king st side 10-2p
17-Oct Trumbull Trumbull Mall 5065 Main St, Trumbull, CT 1-6P
17-Oct waterbury AOH 91 Golden Hill Rd 11a-3p
18-Oct Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p
18-Oct Enfield Eppendorf 175 brushwater blvd, enfield 10a-5p
18-Oct Hartford Plastonics Inc. 230 Locust street 9-11a
18-Oct New Haven New Haven Green 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511 10-4p
18-Oct New Haven CMHC (Ct Mental Health Center) 34 Park St 8-12p
18-Oct Norwalk Norwalk Main Branch Library 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850 11a-4p
18-Oct Norwich Norwich food share 28 stonington road 9:30-12
18-Oct Stamford St. Mary's Church (front lawn) 568 Elm St 11-4p
18-Oct Stamford Cummings Park 466 Shippan Ave 11-4p
18-Oct Stamford Michael F. Lione Park 327 Stillwater Ave , Stamford, 06902 11-4p
18-Oct Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 41 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p
18-Oct Stamford Jackie Robinson Park Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, 06902 (Intersection of West Main Street and Richmond Hill Ave) 11-4p
18-Oct Trumbull CooperSurgical 95 Corporate Drive 9-3p
18-Oct Willimantic Willimantic Library 905 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226 11a-5p
19-Oct Ansonia GFP - Ansonia Office 11 Wakelee Ave Flr 1, Ansonia 9-12p
19-Oct Ansonia 4 4th Street, Ansonia (back entrance) 4 4th Street, Ansonia (back entrance) 10a-4p
19-Oct Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p
19-Oct Bridgeport Cathedral of the Holy Spirit 729 Union Avenue, Bridgeport 9a-3p
19-Oct Danielson Quinebaug Valley Community college 742 Upper Maple Street 9-1p
19-Oct East Hartford Showcase cinema food share 936 silver lane 8:30-12
19-Oct New Haven New Haven Green 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511 10-4p
19-Oct Norwalk SoNo Branch Library 10 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854 1-6pm
19-Oct Oxford GFP - Oxford Office 300 Oxford Rd, Oxford 1-4p
19-Oct Rocky Hill Sysco 100 Inwood Road 12-8p
19-Oct Stamford St. Mary's Church (front lawn) 568 Elm St 11-5p
19-Oct Stamford Cummings Park 466 Shippan Ave 11-5p
19-Oct Stamford Michael F. Lione Park 327 Stillwater Ave , Stamford, 06902 11-5p
19-Oct Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 41 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-5p
19-Oct Stamford Jackie Robinson Park Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, 06902 (Intersection of West Main Street and Richmond Hill Ave) 11-5p
19-Oct Trumbull Trumbull Mall 5065 Main St, Trumbull, CT 1-6P

 


Griffin Health is partnering with the State of Connecticut to efficiently administer COVID-19 vaccines according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Griffin, along with health organizations and infectious disease specialists around the world, strongly recommend that everyone get vaccinated for COVID-19 once it is widely available.

We trust that the vaccines are safe. The COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards, and were reviewed by the federal government and the Science Subcommittee of Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s Vaccine Advisory Group. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.



COVID-19 Employee Vaccination

Griffin Hospital is a designated COVID-19 vaccination site by the State of Connecticut and is taking vaccination appointments for qualifying individuals. Click here for information on vaccination for employers.



Frequently Asked Questions

Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?

Yes. Evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work to prevent COVID-19. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective and the Moderna vaccine was 94% effective in phase 3 clinical trials with more than 70,000 participants between the two studies. Although the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed recently, the technology used in mRNA vaccines, like those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, has been studied for decades.

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine require two doses. Individuals who receive a dose of a particular vaccine must receive a second dose of the vaccine from the same manufacturer, as they are not interchangeable.

Can I still get COVID-19 after my first shot? What about after my second shot?

Yes, you can get COVID-19 after both shots. While you will have some protection from COVID-19 after the first shot, you will not receive the full benefit of the vaccine until roughly 10-14 days after your second shot. As with the flu vaccine, you may still contract, and transmit, COVID-19 after you are fully vaccinated, but any symptoms you may experience should be less severe and resolve quicker. Therefore, it is important that you continue wearing a face mask, social distancing and taking other precautions even after vaccination.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Those who receive the vaccine may experience mild symptoms of COVID-19 and soreness at the site of injection. Information about rare allergic reactions to the vaccination can be found on the CDC website.

Since the vaccine is so new, how do you know there won’t be long term health effects from taking it?

Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinates to learn about very rare or possible long-term effects. At least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVD-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.

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

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.

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

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.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe for children?

Vaccinations are only authorized for those over 12 at this time, and more research needs to be done to develop a vaccine for children, but we are hopeful that there will be an update in the future.

Can people who have already have COVID-19 get the vaccine?

Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

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

Yes. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend getting the vaccine to prevent severe illness secondary to COVID-19 in Pregancy.

Does this vaccine cause infertility?

No. There is no scientific evidence for this claim.

I have a food allergy, can I get the vaccine?

Yes. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination and allergies can be found on the CDC's website.

I have seasonal allergies, can I get the vaccine?

Yes. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination and allergies can be found on the CDC's website.

What is the timeline for Connecticut to make vaccine available?

Vaccines will start to become available quickly after the required Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) are in place. We expect to receive roughly 180,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of the calendar year. We are currently in Phase 1a, and expect Phase 1b to begin in the first quarter of 2021 – hopefully as soon as January, depending upon the supply of vaccine. There may be some overlap between phases as new populations are made eligible even as groups in the first phase continue to receive vaccination.

Where do I go for a vaccination?

When you are eligible for a vaccination, you will most likely work through your physician, or the employer coordinator at your workplace to learn about the specifics of your eligibility requirements. Vaccines will be able to be administered in a wide range of places: physician’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, and other locations that would normally administer vaccinations.

Do I get to choose which vaccine brand I want to receive?

In general, given scarce supply, only one vaccine may be available through your provider. You can talk with your medical provider if you have specific questions or concerns that may lead you to want to seek out one specific COVID-19 vaccine versus another.

How do I know when to schedule my second vaccination?

Most providers will ask you to schedule your first and second vaccination at the same time, and will help you set up reminders via text, email, or phone call about your second dose.

What if I miss my second shot?

You should talk to your provider about what next steps you need to take if you miss an appointment for your second vaccination. You will need to get the second shot to be fully vaccinated but will not have to repeat the 2 shot series if you miss your second shot.

My relative is in a nursing home, can I visit once the residents are vaccinated?

You should continue to follow guidelines released by the Department of Public Health. While you or your family member may be vaccinated, you may come into others who are not, so it is critical to continue to use caution.

If I’m vaccinated, can I visit family in the hospital or nursing home?

You should continue to follow guidelines released by the Department of Public Health. While you or your family member may be vaccinated, you may come into others who are not, so it is critical to continue to use caution.

Am I going to be required to carry verification that I’ve been vaccinated?

No. Although your provider will make sure that their records reflect you have received vaccine in order to most effectively treat you in the future.

Once I’m vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing?

No. Not everyone you come into contact with will have received the vaccine. It is critical to follow basic public health best practices for the foreseeable future

I received my first COVID-19 vaccine dose from another vaccination provider. Can I receive my second vaccine dose at Griffin?

We recommend that individuals receive their first and second vaccine dose from the same provider. You should make every effort to schedule your second vaccine dose from the same provider who administered your first dose. If you received your first vaccine dose from another provider and that provider is unable to administer your second dose, you can schedule your second dose with Griffin.

Which COVID-19 vaccine is being given – Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna?

Griffin is administering both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA has determined that both vaccines are safe and effective. We administer the initial vaccine dose based on the supply available. There is no option for patients to choose which vaccine brand they receive.

As new vaccines are approved for use by the FDA, brands other than Pfizer-BioNTech-BioNTech and Moderna will be administered by Griffin.

PLEASE BE AWARE - Individuals must receive the same COVID-19 vaccine brand for their first and second dose.

Can I interchange COVID-19 vaccines?

Individuals must receive the same COVID-19 vaccine brand (for example, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) for their first and second dose. The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the vaccination series should be completed with the same vaccine brand. Source: CDC https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html#Interchangeability

How do I make an appointment for second COVID-19 vaccine dose?

You should make your appointment for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine using the same method that you used to schedule your first dose. For example, if you scheduled your first appointment using the VAMS system, you should use VAMS to schedule your second dose. If you scheduled your first appointment by phone on Griffin’s COVID-19 Scheduling Line, please schedule your second dose through the scheduling line. Usually Griffin’s Scheduling Line staff will make your first and second appointments at the same time to make scheduling vaccination easier.

How soon after my COVID-19 first shot should I receive my second shot?

If you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for your first dose, your second dose should be at least 21 days later. If you receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for your first dose, your second dose should be at least 28 days later. Source: CDC https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html.

What if my second COVID-19 vaccine appointment is more than 21 days (for Pfizer-BioNTech) or 28 days (for Moderna) after receiving my first dose?

It is best to receive your second dose as close to the recommended time interval as possible. However, individuals can receive the second dose up to six weeks (42 days) after the first dose and attain full effectiveness of the vaccine. What’s most important is that you return to receive your second dose to complete the process and get full protection from the vaccine. Source: CDC https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html


Questions about COVID-19?

Call the Griffin Health Hotline at 203-204-1053

Griffin Health is offering a call center for patients, visitors and members of the community who have questions about COVID-19. Griffin Health caregivers are available to answer your specific questions Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are experiencing higher-than-normal call volume at the moment. For a faster vaccination scheduling process, register online through VAMS.