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Walk-In COVID Vaccine Clinics for Children and Adults Now Available in West Hartford

COVID-19 vaccination clinic sign. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District has announced a series of clinics for members of the community to receive boosters as well as initial COVID-19 vaccines.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District announced an expanded schedule of COVID-19 vaccination clinics planned for the month of November, where members of the community can receive initial shots, boosters, or third doses, depending on their age and eligibility.

Many of the clinics allow individuals to receive vaccines without an advance appointment, although you should bring your insurance card and identification, and vaccine card if applicable.

A pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) last week, and the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District has scheduled three walk-in clinics this week, two in West Hartford and one in Bloomfield. The West Hartford clinics are on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 3-7 p.m., at both Charter Oak International Academy (425 Oakwood Ave.) or Whiting Lane School (47 Whiting Lane).

A walk-in clinic will also take place at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield (390 Park Ave.) on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 2-5 p.m.

West Hartford Public Schools has also partnered with UConn for several clinics to be held at the UConn Pavilion (263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. They will take place fro 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on both Friday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 19. Appointments must be made in advance for vaccination at the UConn clinics, and registration is available by calling 860-679-5589.

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District has also scheduled clinics where adults can receive booster shots.

To be eligible to receive a booster you must wait 6 months after receiving your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or 2 months after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Additional criteria for booster eligibility is detailed on the chart below.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Pfizer and BioNTech is expected to request from federal regulators that their vaccine be approved for all adults, and that the request is likely to be granted.

Courtesy West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District

While individuals should not mix and match initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots, boosters shots – which are given to those who are eligible and are otherwise fully vaccinated – do not need to match your original vaccine series.

More information about the difference between third doses and booster shots can be found here.

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District will be holding clinics this week for anyone over 18 to receive COVID-19 vaccines as well as boosters, and will have both the Moderna and J&J vaccines available.

Pre-registration is not require, however, it is recommended that your register through your VAMS account.

The clinics will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 3-8:30 p.m.. at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium (50 South Main St.) and on Friday, Nov. 12, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Conard High School (110 Beechwood Rd.).

The Health District will also hold clinics at the Bloomfield Senior Center (330 Park Rd.) on both Monday, Nov. 15 and Monday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-noon.

Information about the upcoming clinics is also available on the chart below.

Courtesy Town of West Hartford

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