Westport Enters Next Phase Of Coronavirus Vaccinations

Alfred Branch

WESTPORT, CT — Westport residents 75 years old and older are among those who are now eligible for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, First Selectman Jim Marpe and the Westport Weston Health District announced Tuesday.

Proof of age will be required before those older individuals will receive the vaccine, and they join other individuals under the state Department of Public Health’s Vaccination Administration Management System.

The other individuals included in this phase of the rollout (1a and 1b) are:

  • Healthcare Personnel: All paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients of infectious materials.

  • Long Term Care Facility Residents: Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.

  • First Responders at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their response to medical emergencies such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Police, and Fire.

"Only those eligible under Phase 1a or 1b may register for the vaccine," Marpe said in a statement.

Eligible recipients must fill out the form to register with the Vaccine Administration Management System at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine

The form requires full name, date of birth, zip code, occupation (including "retired"), and email address. The information entered will only be used for purposes of scheduling a vaccination and will remain confidential, according to officials.

Below is more information on vaccinations:

Once submitted, a confirmation email from DPH/VAMS will be sent, followed by another email that either approves or denies the registration. If approved, registrants may then register in VAMS and select a vaccination appointment. Make sure to check email Spam/Junk folders for the emails.

For those needing online assistance, do not have access to a device, or do not have an email address to register for the vaccine, please enlist the support of a family member or caregiver. A family member or caregiver will be needed to register, as well as receive the email communications from DPH/VAMS and schedule your appointment.

Please note that every individual must have a unique email to be registered and vaccinated with VAMS. For example, someone using their personal email to register an elderly parent may not be able to register or be vaccinated using that same email. The Westport Department of Human Services has set up a vaccination helpline at 203-341-5037 to assist.

Using VAMS is a Federal requirement at this time, but it is the only way at this time for an individual not in a congregate setting to register for and receive a vaccination in Connecticut. Once registered in VAMS, an appointment to receive the vaccine may be scheduled. This is a State program and Westport residents do not need to be vaccinated in Westport. VAMS may suggest vaccination appointments in nearby communities based on the supply of available vaccinations.

The DPH directs the prioritization and timeline for vaccine rollout. DPH continues to modify protocols and criteria for vaccination. Follow this link for updates on the State’s vaccination phases and eligibility: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---Phases Please contact your health care provider if you have questions about your health status or the vaccine.

The CT DPH is still in the process of finalizing its definition of Phase 1b eligible residents in Connecticut. We will continue to issue updates as new information is provided by DPH and/or the WWHD.

Additional information on the vaccine is also available on the State’s 2-1-1 line or the links referenced below.

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/covid-19%20vaccinations

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations---FAQs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html


This article originally appeared on the Westport Patch