Special Message: Vaccine Eligibility for 75+ Individuals

January 14, 2021

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

Connecticut has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include individuals 75 years of age and older. This morning the state has announced that those in this eligibility category may now register for vaccination appointments.  I am writing to make sure all those 75 and older in our community are aware of ways to access vaccinations:

  • The Yale Vaccination Program, sited at the Lanman Center, maintains lists of Yale employees and Yale Health members who are eligible for vaccination and has added the 75+ category to this list:
    • the Yale Program will issue invitations to its vaccination clinic to these individuals in the very near future and 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 actively register with the Yale Program, but should make sure you have signed up for MyChart, which is the route through which you will receive your invitation, and monitor the e-mail address you use for MyChart;
    • if you have questions about the Yale Program, you may submit them to yhvaccine@yale.edu or call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604); more is also available on the COVID-19 website.
  • The state maintains a Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) that provides eligible individuals with access to many other vaccination clinics across the state:
    • you may register in VAMS by filling out the registration form;
    • more information about the state program for 75+ individuals is available  at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination—75-and-older;
    • you may register with VAMS 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; registering with VAMS will not remove you from the Yale Program’s eligibility/invitation list;
    • you may receive invitations from VAMS and from the Yale Program but please schedule only one appointment for vaccination, i.e., either through the VAMS program or through the Yale Program; additionally, vaccination requires two doses separated by 21 or 28 days and you must get both doses of the vaccine at the same location.
  • A number of hospital systems are offering direct scheduling of appointments and some municipalities are offering assistance with registration; you may want to consult the website of your town or local hospital for more information.

The Governor is likely to announce additional changes to the state’s vaccination program after the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group meets later today.  I will provide information about any additional changes in my weekly message tomorrow, but for now I want to make sure that members of our 75+ community are aware of actions they can take today.

With best wishes for your health and safety,

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