Special Message: Vaccine Eligibility for 65-74 Age Group

February 9, 2021

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include individuals 65 to 74 years of age who live or work in Connecticut. The Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program at the Lanman Center has already begun sending invitations to newly eligible Yale employees and Yale Health members. Individuals in this new eligibility category may also schedule vaccination appointments through the state’s VAMS and VAAL systems (details below) starting February 11th. Additionally, certain hospital systems and pharmacies have now opened scheduling that includes the 65-74 age group.

I am writing to make sure all individuals 65 to 74 years of age in our community are aware of the various ways to make appointments for vaccinations. I also want to encourage those who are not yet vaccinated but who became eligible previously—those 75 years old and older and those in the Phase 1a eligibility group (health care personnel, medical first responders)—to use these pathways to schedule their vaccinations.

HOW DO I GET AN APPOINTMENT IF I AM ELIGIBLE?

  • The Yale Program: The Yale COVID-19 Vaccination Program (The Yale Program), sited at the Lanman Center, maintains lists of Yale employees and Yale Health members who are eligible for vaccination and has added the 65 to 74 age group to this list.
    • The Yale Program has begun to issue invitations to its vaccination clinics to individuals in the 65 to 74 age group 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 that you regularly monitor the e-mail address you use for MyChart.
    • If you have questions about the Yale Program or need 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.
    • 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. The Yale Program website offers extensive information, including Frequently Asked Questions. Government agencies, such as the CDC, also maintain informative websites.

If the above resources do not answer your specific questions about the Yale Program, you may reach out to yhvaccine@yale.edu or the Campus COVID Resource Line at 203-432-6604. Additionally, your primary care provider can offer information responsive to your specific, health-related circumstances.

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 who are 65 to 74 years of age are aware of actions they can take today.

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