Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Questions and Answers
Priority Urgent Care is proud to provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients of Ellington CT, Unionville CT, and the surrounding areas. For more information, call us or to schedule an appointment online.
With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, there is finally positive news on the COVID-19 front for 2021 and beyond with multiple vaccines in the beginning stages of the distribution process! While we are not out of the woods yet, vaccines are the first essential step to help get back to normal life. While we have been working hard at providing COVID-19 tests at Priority Urgent Care, we are proud to be able to provide preventive measures in addition to diagnostic measures with COVID-19 vaccines! If you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we would be delighted to provide you with one today at Priority Urgent Care.
Who has priority to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Until there are enough vaccines available to provide the entire population with a COVID-19 vaccination, it is essential that those who need it most and are at the highest risk of the infection get vaccinated first. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthcare professionals and long-term care facility residents receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout (1a). In the subsequent two phases (1a and 1b), essential frontline workers and elderly individuals aged 75 or older followed by individuals aged 65 to 74 years, those with underlying medical conditions, and other essential workers are next for the vaccine. After the completion of those three phases (1a, 1b, and 1c), the rest of the population should be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Recently, the town of Vernon has introduced the Mobile Vaccination Unit. The objective of this unit is to make the distribution of vaccinations to the community safer. This option is available for all eligible candidates under the state’s phase 1b guidelines to individuals in the town of Vernon, CT. This endeavor aims to provide a safer and more convenient way for elderly and vulnerable individuals to receive the vaccine.
Priority Urgent Care of Ellington has been in a partnership with the Somers Senior Center in the town of Vernon, where the first set of Covid-19 vaccinations are being provided to people 75 and up. This was the first covid-19 vaccination clinic in the town of Vernon. Dr. Dkash Rampal, the medical director for Priority Urgent Care, oversaw the clinic.
When will I be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut?
The state of Connecticut is currently in phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As such, the following individuals and people groups are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination:
- Healthcare personnel
- Long-term care facility residents
- Medical first responders
- Individuals aged 75 and older, although measures are in place for those between the ages of 65 and 74
- Residents and staff of select congregate settings, which may or may not include halfway homes, inpatient mental health facilities, corrections facilities, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, substance use and residential treatment facilities
If you do not identify with any of the above people groups, the COVID-19 vaccine is currently unavailable due to supply shortages and distribution regulations. That said, as more vaccines become available over the coming weeks and months, you will eventually be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our physicians and medical practitioners at Priority Urgent Care would be more than happy to provide you with a COVID-19 vaccine when you become eligible to receive one!
What COVID-19 vaccines are available?
In the United States, there are currently two vaccines approved and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for gradual distribution. The Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine was given an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA on December 11th, 2020, and has been available since that date. In a similar fashion, the FDA issued a EUA for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 18th, 2020, which has also been available for gradual distribution since that date. While several other vaccines are being developed, they are currently in clinical trials to determine their safety and effectiveness.