Middlesex Health is following the guidance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Middlesex Health is not currently offering the J&J vaccine at any clinics at this time and will only be offering Moderna and Pfizer.
Current Vaccine Eligibility
Vaccine supply continues to be limited, so Middlesex Health is scheduling first dose appointments based on the number of doses we receive each week. We are currently offering appointments for all individuals 16+ years of age. Please see this important information regarding COVID-19 Vaccine for Minors.
For more information from the State of Connecticut, click here.
Please note that we will require proof of age, such a goverment issued ID or birth certificate to verify date of birth. Minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Book an appointment
Please note: If you do not see any available appointments, it means we do not have any more appointments available. Please check MyChart frequently as more appointments are added as we receive additional supplies of vaccine.
If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, but do not have an existing MyChart account with Middlesex Health
The Middlesex Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please Note: The Call Center will close when all available appointments have been filled.
Middlesex Health is one of a number of vaccination clinics available in the area. If you are unable to find an appointment with us, you can check 211ct.org for available appointments at other nearby clinics.
If you do not see any available appointments when you use the scheduling options listed in the “Getting Started” section of this page, it means we have filled all available appointments for this week. We will make new appointments available as soon as we receive additional supplies of vaccine.
Middlesex Health will open up new vaccine appointment slots as additional supplies of vaccine become available. The number of appointments that are available is based directly on the number of vaccines that have been allocated to Middlesex Health.
We are taking this approach to avoid having to cancel vaccine appointments if we receive fewer doses than expected for a particular week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Getting Started & Scheduling Your Appointment
Middlesex Health is offering vaccine appointments to individuals 16+ years of age, in accordance with state guidelines.
At Middlesex Health, you may receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine OR the Moderna vaccine. Individuals who are under 18 MUST receive the Pfizer vaccine, as this is the only one approved for use for those under 18 years of age.
You do not get to choose which vaccine you receive. The vaccine you receive for your first dose will depend on availability at the time of your appointment. However, you will always receive the same brand for your second dose as you did for your first.
If you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you will get your second dose 21 days after your first. If you get the Moderna vaccine, you will get your second dose 28 days after your first.
There are TWO ways to schedule a first dose vaccine appointment with Middlesex Health:
- New! Call 860-358-7050 to Schedule
The Middlesex Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please Note: The Call Center will close when all available appointments have been filled.
- MyChart Patient Portal
Book a vaccine appointment at Middlesex Health online through MyChart. You can:
Please Note: You can also log into the VAMS scheduling system to see openings at other clinics in Connecticut.
The COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, and we will book your second dose appointment while you are at the clinic for your first dose.
When will I get the second dose of the vaccine?
- If you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, your second dose appointment will be scheduled for 21 days after your first dose.
- If you receive the Moderna vaccine, your second dose appointment will be scheduled 28 days after your first dose.
How do I schedule the second dose?We will assign you the next available appointment for your second dose, based on the timeline stated above. Therefore, if you know that you are absolutely not available 21 or 28 days after your desired first dose appointment date, please consider choosing another day to get your FIRST dose.
Am I guaranteed a second dose?Everyone who gets their first vaccine dose at Middlesex Health is guaranteed their second dose. The State of Connecticut has promised Middlesex Health the appropriate number of second doses.
Can I get my second dose at Middlesex Health if I got my first dose somewhere else?No. We are following Connecticut Department of Public Health guidelines, which require you to schedule your second dose with the same clinic that provided your first dose. In other words, to receive the second dose of your vaccine at Middlesex, you must have received the first dose of your vaccine from Middlesex.
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 860-358-7050 and leaving a voicemail. When rescheduling, please keep in mind that you need to have your second dose 21 days after your first dose for the Pfizer vaccine, and 28 days after your first dose for the Moderna vaccine.
- If you booked your appointment at another clinic in VAMS, you can cancel online by logging into your VAMS account.
Health care organizations in Connecticut—including Middlesex Health—receive their supply of vaccines from the state.
The number of appointments that are available is based on the number of vaccines we have been allocated. If you do not see any appointments for Middlesex Health in MyChart, or if the Vaccine Call Center is closed, it means that we have filled our available appointments.
This approach makes it less likely that we need to cancel appointments due to any issues with vaccine supply.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to get the vaccine to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible!
Middlesex Health is given a certain number of vaccines each week by the state and federal government. We are not able to control this quantity, and the number of vaccines we receive varies from week to week.
(1) How the Vaccines are Given
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are given as injections in the upper arm, and both require two doses. You need both doses to get the full protective benefit of the vaccine. // LEARN MORE
(2) The Vaccine is Safe and Effective
In large clinical trials, both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have 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. // LEARN MORE
(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. // LEARN MORE
(4) How the Vaccines Work
The COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are mRNA vaccines. This type of vaccine does not contain any actual virus, which means you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. // LEARN MORE
(5) There Is Lots of Great Information Available
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EUA fact sheets about each vaccine, or the CDC website, provide the best overviews if you would like to learn more.
It is recommended that you DO NOT get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine. Please see page two of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine fact sheet and page two of the Moderna vaccine fact sheet for a list of ingredients.
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.
- Pre-Vaccine Questionnaire
If you are able, please print and complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment.
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 More About Common Side Effects
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
To get full protection from either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you will need to get two shots. We will schedule this second dose appointment for you while you are at the clinic for your first dose.
Everyone who gets their first vaccine dose at Middlesex Health is guaranteed their second dose. The state of Connecticut has promised Middlesex Health the appropriate number of second doses.
If you get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, your second dose appointment will take place 21 days after you get your first dose. If you get the Moderna vaccine, your second dose appointment will take place 28 days later.
Planning Your First Dose & Second Dose Schedule
We will assign you an appointment for your second dose, based on the timeline stated above. Therefore, if you know that you are absolutely not available 21 or 28 days after your desired first dose appointment date, please consider choosing another day to get your FIRST dose.
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.
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.
Do I need to bring proof of my first vaccine dose to my second dose appointment?
Your vaccine record in Epic/MyChart will serve as proof of your first vaccine dose when you return to the Middlesex Health Vaccine Clinic for your second dose. You do not need to print and bring a hard copy of this information.
Your MyChart account will also show when you have received both doses.