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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


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COVID-19 Vaccination

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations at Griffin Health

Beginning on November 4, 2021, the Griffin Health COVID-19 Vaccinations Centers in Shelton and Naugatuck will offer special hours for children ages 5-11.

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations will be offered at 10 Progress Dr. in Shelton on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., and at the adjacent Griffin Health Occupational Medicine Center (also at 10 Progress Drive in Shelton) on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-Noon.

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations will be offered at 727 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m.

No appointment necessary.


Information on COVID-19 Pfizer Booster Vaccinations

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the FDA have now voted to expand their recommendations for COVID-19 booster vaccinations to include guidelines for both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.


For individuals who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:


For individuals who received a J&J vaccine

For individuals who received a J&J vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. This means that all individuals who received a J&J vaccine should receive a booster.


Mixing & Matching (heterologous series)

Both the FDA and CDC support individuals to receive a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received for their primary series if they choose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.


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



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 Pediatric Availability
24-Nov 1)Bridgeport
2)Hartford
1)Bridgeport Juvenile Detention
2)Hartford Juvenile Detention
1) 60 Housatonic Avenue
2) 920 Broad Street
9a-10:30a / 1p-3p
24-Nov Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p 12+
24-Nov Bridgeport Thomas Merton Center 43 Madison Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604 9:00-1:30P 12+
24-Nov Danbury Broadview Middle School 72 Hospital Ave 12-3p 5-11yo
24-Nov Danbury Westside Middle School Academy 1 School Ridge Rd 12-3p 5-11yo
24-Nov Hartford SEMA4 - covid testing and vax site Intersection of Woodland St and Albany Ave 11-2p 12+
24-Nov Middletown Connecticut Valley Hospital 1000 Silver Street 1-4p 12+
24-Nov New Fairfield St Edwards the Confessor Roman Catholic Church 21 Brush Hill Road 11:30-6:30p 12+
24-Nov New Haven New Haven Public Library 133 Elm Street - park on Temple Street 10-4p 12+
24-Nov New Haven Edgewood School 737 Edgewood Ave, New Haven 9-12P 5-11yo
24-Nov New Haven Union Station 40 Union Avenue 8am-3p 12+
24-Nov Norwalk Alliance for Community Empowerment 108 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06850 9-3p 12+
24-Nov Stamford Stamford Train Station 30 Station Place 8am-3p 12+
24-Nov Windsor Locks Bradley Airport 142 Schoephoester Rd 11-7pm 12+
26-Nov Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p 12+
26-Nov Bridgeport Discovery Science Center - PEDS 4450 Park Ave. 10-5P 5-11yo
26-Nov Bridgeport Discovery Science Center 4450 Park Ave. 10-5P 12+
26-Nov New Haven New Haven Public Library 133 Elm Street 10-4p 12+
26-Nov New Haven Union Station 40 Union Avenue 8am-3p 12+
26-Nov Norwalk Silvermine Elementary School 157 Perry Avenue, Norwalk 10a-2p 5-11yo
26-Nov Norwalk Cranbury Elementary School 10 Knowalot Lane, Norwalk 10a-2p 5-11yo
26-Nov Norwalk Brookside Elementary School 382 Highland Ave, Norwalk 10a-2p 5-11yo
26-Nov Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 43 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p 12+
26-Nov Stamford Government Center 888 Washington Boulevard 10-3p 5-11yo
26-Nov Trumbull Trumbull Mall 5065 Main St, Trumbull, CT 1-6P 12+
26-Nov Windsor Locks Bradley Airport 142 Schoephoester Rd 11-7pm 12+
27-Nov Branford Walsh Intermediate School - PEDS 185 Damascus Road 1-5p 5-11yo
27-Nov East Hampton East Hampton Middle School - PEDS 19 Childs Road 11-2p 5-11yo
27-Nov East Hartford UConn Football Home Game Vs Houston 615 Silver Lane 10-2P 12+
27-Nov hartford Uconn Hockey Game 1 Civic Center 2p-5:35p 12+
27-Nov Manchester Bangaladesh Bhaban 9 Delmont St 1-5p 12+
27-Nov Manchester Bangaladesh Bhaban -PEDS 9 Delmont St 1-5p 5-11yo
27-Nov Middletown Middletown City Hall pediatric 245 deKoven Drive 3-Oct 5-11yo
27-Nov New Haven Long Wharf Boathouse 389 Longwharf Drive 11-5p 12+
27-Nov New Haven New Haven Public Library 133 Elm Street 10-4p 12+
27-Nov New Milford John Pettibone Community Center 2 Pickett District Road 7:30-2 5-11yo
27-Nov New Milford John Pettibone Community Center 2 Pickett District Road 7:30-2 5-11yo
27-Nov North Haven Achieve Therapy 462 Washington Ave. North Haven, CT, 06473. 9a-1p 12+
27-Nov Norwalk SoNo Branch Library 10 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854 10-4p 5-11yo
27-Nov Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 43 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p 12+
27-Nov Stamford Government Center 888 Washington Boulevard 10-3P 5-11yo
27-Nov Trumbull Trumbull Mall 5065 Main St, Trumbull, CT 12-4p 12+
27-Nov Waterbury Payless Waterbury 910 Wolcott St 9a-3p 12+
27-Nov Waterbury Payless Waterbury 910 Wolcott St 9a-3p 5-11yo
27-Nov Windsor Locks Bradley Airport 142 Schoephoester Rd 11-7pm 12+
28-Nov New Haven Long Wharf Boathouse 389 Longwharf Drive 11-5p 12+
28-Nov Stamford Hunt Park / Stamford Dog Park 43 Courtland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 11-4p 12+
28-Nov Stamford Government Center 888 Washington Boulevard 10-3P 5-11yo
28-Nov Taftville-Norwich Wequonnock 155 Providence Street 10-2p 5-11yo
28-Nov Trumbull Trumbull Mall 5065 Main St, Trumbull, CT 11-3p
28-Nov Waterbury Payless Waterbury 910 Wolcott St 8a-12p 12+
28-Nov Waterbury Payless Waterbury 910 Wolcott St 8-12p 5-11yo
28-Nov Wethersfield Sacred Heart Catholic Church 56 Hartford Avenue 11:30-1:30 12+
28-Nov Windsor Locks Bradley Airport 142 Schoephoester Rd 11-7pm 12+
29-Nov Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p 12+
29-Nov Colchester Colchester Parks and Rec 127 Norwich Ave. 1st flr. Colchester, CT 4-6p 12+
29-Nov Hartford DMHAS Hartford 500 Vine St, Hartford 9-2:30p 12+
29-Nov New Haven New Haven Public Library 133 Elm Street - park on Temple Street 10-4p 12+
29-Nov New Haven Barnard Environmental School 170 Derby Avenue, New Haven 9-4P 5-11yo
29-Nov New Haven CMHC (Ct Mental Health Center) 34 Park St 11-5p 12+
29-Nov New Haven Union Station 40 Union Avenue 8am-3p 12+
29-Nov Norwalk Open Doors - Shelter 55 Chestnut Street 9-4p 12+
29-Nov Norwich Kelly Middle School 25 Mahan Drive 9-12p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Teachers Global Middle School 15 Teachers Dr 9-12p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Stanton Elementary 386 New London Tpke 9-12p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Moriarty Elementary 20 Lawler Lane 9-12p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Mahan Elementary School 94 Salem Tpke 1-4p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Uncas Elementary School 280 Elizabeth St extension 1-4p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Veterans Elementary 80 Crouch Ave 1-4p 5-11yo
29-Nov Norwich Huntington Elementary 80 West Town St 1-4p 5-11yo
29-Nov Stamford Lathan Wilder Community Center 137 Henry Street 11-6p 5-11yo
29-Nov Stamford Government Center 888 Washington Boulevard 4-7P 5-11yo
29-Nov Voluntown Voluntown Elementary School 195 Main Street 5-7P 5-11yo
29-Nov Wallingford High Road School/BEST Academy 33 Village Lane, Wallingford 9:30-12:30PM 5-11yo
29-Nov Waterbury Jonathan E. Reed Elementary School 33 Griggs St 3p-7p 5-11yo
29-Nov Waterbury Carrington Elementary 24 Kenmore Ave 3:30-5:30 5-11yo
29-Nov Weston Weston Intermediate School 95 School Rd, Weston 4-7PM 5-11yo
30-Nov Branford Trinity Episcopal Church 1109 Main Street 1p-5p 12+
30-Nov Canaan Lee Kellogg School, 47 Main Street Melissa Dean 4-7p 5-11yo
30-Nov East Hartford East Hartford Library - PEDS 840 Main Street 4-7p 5-11yo
30-Nov Hartford XL Center - UConn Men's Basketball 1 Civic Center 5-8:30p/ end of 1/2 time 12+
30-Nov Manchester Manchester Senior Center 549 Middle Turnpike West 9-2P 12+
30-Nov New Haven New Haven Public Library 133 Elm Street 10-4p 12+
30-Nov New Haven Barnard Environmental School 170 Derby Avenue, New Haven 9-4P 12+
30-Nov New Milford John Pettibone Community Center 2 Pickett District Road 4-7p 5-11yo
30-Nov Newington Newington High School 605 Willard Ave, Newington 4-7p 5-11yo
30-Nov North Branford Zion Episcopal Church Inside Parish Hall 326 Notch Hill Rd, North Branford 1-5p 12+
30-Nov Norwalk Open Doors - Shelter 55 Chestnut Street 1-5p 12+
30-Nov Norwalk SoNo Branch Library 10 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854 3-6p 5-11yo
30-Nov Ridgefield East Ridge Middle School 10 East Ridge Road 3:30-6p 5-11yo
30-Nov Salisbury Indian Mountain School Gym - PEDS 211 Indian Mountain Road 9-2p 5-11yo
30-Nov Sharon Sharon Center School 80 Hilltop Road 4-7p 5-11yo
30-Nov Stamford Government Center 888 Washington Boulevard 4-7P 5-11yo
30-Nov Stamford Stamford Train Station 30 Station Place 8am-3p 12+
30-Nov Wallingford Choate Rosemary Hall - MaGuire Gym - PEDS 333 Christian Street 3-8p 5-11yo
30-Nov Waterbury Driggs elementary 77 Woodlawn Terrace 2:30-5:30 5-11yo
30-Nov Waterbury H.S. Chase Elementary 40 Woodtick Rd 3:30-7p 5-11yo

 


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.