COVID-19 Vaccine

Get COVID Vaccinated at Middlesex Health
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Current Vaccine Eligibility

We are no longer administering Covid vaccines at our Middletown or Westbrook vaccine clinics.

As of July 8, vaccines will be available in our Primary Care and Family Medicine Offices.
Call 860-358-4808 to make an appointment.

If you need a vaccine appointment prior to July 8, please call 211 to find a vaccine clinic location near you.

Per state and federal guidelines, individuals 12 or older are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Please see important vaccine information for minors.)

For more information from the State of Connecticut, click here.

Please note that you will need to show proof of age, such a government-issued ID or birth certificate, to verify your date of birth. Minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Getting Started & Vaccine Information 

Middlesex Health is offering vaccine appointments to individuals 12+ years of age, in accordance with state guidelines.

At Middlesex Health, you will recieve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. You will get your second dose 21 days after your first.

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?
    • At Middlesex Health, you will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Therefore, your second dose appointment will be scheduled for 21 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 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.

(1) How the Vaccines are Given

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 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. // LEARN MORE

(2) The Vaccine is Safe and Effective

In large clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 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. // 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 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech as an mRNA vaccine. 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 vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EUA fact sheet about the 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 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.
  • Mask
    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.

Plan Ahead

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 the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you will need to get two shots. We will schedule a second dose appointment for you when you get 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.

Your second dose appointment will take place 21 days after you 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.

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 

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls

A Virtual Community Town Hall
A Virtual Town Hall for the LGBTQ+ Community


All COVID-19 Information from Middlesex Health