Current Vaccine Eligibility
Per state and federal guidelines, individuals six months or older are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Booster shots are available as long as you meet certain criteria. For more information from the State of Connecticut, click here.
Pediatric Vaccine Requirements
Proof of Age
You MUST provide a government-issued proof of age for your child before they can receive the vaccine. Eligible documents include a valid birth certificate or passport.
Parent or Guardian Must Attend
Those under the age of 18 cannot legally give their consent to be given the vaccine, so a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to their appointment. The parent or legal guardian will need to sign the "Consent to Treat" form before we are able to administer the vaccine.
Pediatric Booster Shots
The FDA has approved a booster dose, including the bivalent booster, for children ages 5+.
First Dose and Booster Appointments
The bivalent COVID-19 booster targets the most recent Omicron subvariants, as well as the original virus strain. To receive this booster, you must be 5 or older and have received at least the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Getting Started & Vaccine Information
Middlesex Health is offering vaccine appointments to individuals six months or older, in accordance with state guidelines.
We will book your second dose appointment when you get your first dose based on your age bracket.
Both the FDA and CDC agree that it is safe and effective for individuals to choose a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received. You will have the ability to choose your vaccine type when you book your appointment.
We encourage you to do everything possible to keep your appointments. However, we understand that there may be reasons beyond your control that will require you to cancel.
- If you booked your first dose appointment with Middlesex Health: You can cancel and reschedule your appointments through your MyChart account or by calling the office where you originally scheduled your appointment and leaving a voicemail. When rescheduling, please keep in mind that there is a recommended schedule for each vaccine.
(1) How the Vaccines are Given
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine are given as an injection in the upper arm, and requires two doses. You need both doses to get the full protective benefit of the vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires one dose.
(2) The Vaccine is Safe and Effective
In large clinical trials, the vaccines has been shown to be at least 94.5% effective in protecting people from getting COVID-19. Most side effects are mild to moderate and resolve quickly. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received full FDA approval in August 2021.
(3) Most Common Side Effects
The most common side effects are mild-to-moderate pain at the site of the injection, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills or fever.
(4) How the Vaccines Work
The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any actual virus, which means you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
(5) For Other Information
It is recommended that you DO NOT get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine. Consider talking to your primary care physician or other provider before getting the vaccine if:
- You have a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergy to any substance (foods, including shellfish; medication; etc.)
- You have a condition that significantly compromises your immune system
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have a bleeding disorder (including low platelet count) or are on a blood thinner
- You have any questions about other specific health care concerns
Preparing for the Vaccine
Please bring the following items with you. This will help us ensure that your appointment goes smoothly!
- Photo ID
If possible, please bring a photo id (i.e., driver’s license).
- Insurance Information
- Please bring your insurance card to your vaccine appointment.
- There is no cost for the vaccine itself.
- You will see a claim on your insurance for a vaccine administration fee. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover this fee at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
- Please contact your insurance company directly for information about their specific policies around the COVID-19 vaccine.
You will be required to wear a mask (surgical or cloth) for your entire appointment.
- If Under 18, A Parent Or Legal Guardian Those under the age of 18 cannot legally give their consent to be given the vaccine, so a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to their appointment. The parent or legal guardian will need to sign the "Consent to Treat" form before we are able to administer the vaccine.
We are doing everything we can to make your experience as easy as possible, and there are a few things that you can do to help!
- Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. This will allow us to check you in.
- Plan to stay for an additional 15 minutes after you get your vaccine. During this time, we ask all patients to sit in our observation area to make sure that they do not have an allergic reaction that requires medical attention. Our observation area is set up to allow for social distancing.
- Reminder! While you are in the observation area, we will make your second dose appointment.
Plan Your Clothing
- Please wear clothing that allows you to roll up your sleeves or has short sleeves.
- You may need to wait outside. Bring a warm jacket. Please know that we are doing our best to ensure that you do not have a long wait, while also allowing for social distancing.
Do Not Take Over-the-Counter Medication in Anticipation of Side Effects
- Middlesex Health suggests that you do NOT take over-the-counter pain relievers/fever reducers, such as ibuprofen (i.e., Advil) or acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) before your vaccine appointment.
- If you experience side effects, you may wish to take an over-the-counter medication to reduce any discomfort. It is best to do this at least four hours after you get the vaccine.
Learn About the Vaccines
If you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s vaccine information hub.
After the Vaccine
It is important to report vaccine side effects for your own safety and for the safety of others. After your first vaccine shot, please register with the v-safe after vaccination health checker.
Through this safe, secure system, you can share any symptoms you have with the CDC.
If you experience side effects and believe you need medical attention, please contact your health care provider. Always dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency department in case of a medical emergency.
Please note that your provider is required to report some side effects to the CDC.
All Middlesex Health patients will be asked if they've been vaccinated for COVID-19. If you've been vaccinated, but not by Middlesex Health, you will be asked for proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination includes a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a certificate from the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
If you are a Middlessex health patient, A record that you received the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to Epic, our secure electronic medical records system. You can view this record in the MyChart patient portal, in the Immunizations section under Health Summary.
If you do not already have a MyChart account at Middlesex Health, you can create one today
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