Important Vaccine Eligibility Updates

February 23, 2021

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced a change in course from the state’s previously posted phases of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. Placing a priority on speed and predictability in distributing vaccines to people as well as simplicity of the processes for scheduling and conducting vaccinations, Connecticut will expand vaccination eligibility on the basis of age going forward. With the intention of providing a clear timeline for everyone in the state, the Governor shared the following schedule:

  • March 1, 2021: Eligibility expands to age group 55 to 64
  • March 22, 2021 (anticipated): Eligibility expands to age group 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021 (anticipated): Eligibility expands to age group 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021 (anticipated): Eligibility expands to age group 16 to 34

In addition to those who are eligible on the basis of age, preK-12 school staff and teachers, and professional childcare providers will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 1 at clinics that will be set up specifically for those individuals. Information about these clinics will be provided to eligible individuals in this category by their schools and employers.

As has been the case during previous eligibility phases, the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program will send Yale employees and Yale Health members invitations to schedule appointments at the Lanman Center when these individuals become eligible. Individuals will also be able to schedule vaccination appointments when they become eligible through the state’s VAMS and VAAL systems and through certain hospital systems and pharmacies (details below).

In addition to making newly eligible members of the campus community aware of ways to schedule their vaccinations, I also want to encourage those who are not yet vaccinated but who became eligible previously—those 65 years old and older and those in the Phase 1a eligibility group (health care personnel, medical first responders)—to use the pathways described below to schedule their vaccinations.

HOW DO I GET AN APPOINTMENT WHEN I BECOME ELIGIBLE?

  • The Yale Program: The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program (The Yale Program), sited at the Lanman Center, maintains lists of Yale employees and Yale Health members who are currently eligible for vaccination and will add each age group as they become eligible.
    • The Yale Program will issue invitations to its vaccination clinics to individuals in each age group as they become eligible and will continue to do so as vaccine supplies provided to the Yale Program by the state permit.
    • If you are a Yale employee or member of Yale Health, you do not have to register with the Yale Program, but should make sure that you have signed up for MyChart, which is the route through which you will receive your invitation and regularly monitor the e-mail address you use for MyChart.
    • If you have questions about the Yale Program or would like assistance in scheduling your appointment, you may contact  yhvaccine@yale.edu or call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604); more information is also available on the COVID-19 website.
  • The State of Connecticut: The state maintains a Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), which provides eligible individuals with access to many vaccination clinics across the state.
    • When you become eligible, you may register with VAMS by filling out the registration form online.
    • After registration, you will receive a follow-up email from VAMS with information about how to schedule the vaccine.
    • If you are unable or do not want to use the online VAMS registration system, you may use the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line (VAAL) at 877-918-2224, available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • More information about the state vaccination program is available at the state’s website.
    • You may register with VAMS/VAAL even if you are a Yale employee or a member of Yale Health and you may receive your vaccination at any of the clinics offered by VAMS/VAAL; registering with VAMS/VAAL will not remove you from the Yale Program’s eligibility/invitation list.
  • Hospital Systems and Pharmacies: Many hospital systems and pharmacies across the state, including Yale New Haven Health (YNHH), offer direct scheduling of appointments for eligible individuals.
  • Please note: You may receive invitations from VAMS/VAAL, from a hospital system or pharmacy, and from the Yale Program but please schedule only one appointment for vaccination; additionally, vaccination requires two doses separated by 21 or 28 days, and you should plan to receive both doses of the vaccine at the same location.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Many resources are available to answer your questions about vaccines and vaccination:

I will continue to provide updated information about vaccines in my weekly messages to the community. For now, I want to make sure that members of our community are aware of actions they can take today and as they become eligible.

Stephanie S. Spangler, M.D.
Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Academic Integrity
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University COVID-19 Coordinator