COVID-19 Vaccines

   Get your Vaccine with RVNAhealth 

RVNAhealth is an official COVID-19 vaccine provider in the State of CT, approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and working in partnership with local municipalities.  Currently, RVNAhealth is administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.  

As of May 27, 2021, the Yanity Gym COVID-19 operation is closed. RVNAhealth is now focusing our attention on individuals and communities with less access to the vaccine, and less information about it.  (See below.) 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be offered at many locations across the area for those who have not yet been vaccinated.  To find a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic near you, visit the State of CT Vaccine Finder website here.  

   Updates: August/September 2021

RVNAhealth is currently offering the following options for COVID-19 vaccines: 

  Homebound Vaccines

For those individuals in the RVNAhealth service area who are unable to travel to, or receive, a vaccine at a public clinic, RVNAhealth works to provide an in-home alternative. For more information, please call 203-438-5555 x1012. 

 Community Clinics and Events

RVNAhealth is working with the Danbury Health Department to bring COVID-19 vaccines to locations in Danbury.  Pfizer vaccines are available to all those age 12 and up and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to all those age 18 and up. RVNAhealth vaccine nurses speak English, Spanish and Portuguese.  

C-Town, 45 North Street, Danbury

  • Tuesday Aug 31, 9:00am to 2:00pm  
  • Tuesday Sept 7,  9:00am to 2:00pm  
  • Tuesday Sept 14, 9:00am to 2:00pm  

    Danbury Farmers’ Market, 120 White Street, Danbury

    • Friday, Sept 3,  10:00am to 12:00pm
    • Friday, Sept 10,  10:00am to 12:00pm

    Danbury Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury

    • TBD
    Please check back regularly for updates

    YOUR VACCINE APPOINTMENT: WHAT TO EXPECT

    RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments consist of 4 primary steps:

    Arrival: All visitors must wear a mask to enter. 

    Check In: Staff will assist with registration.  Please be prepared with your Insurance Information (if insured) and Identification (if availble).  

    Nurse’s Station and Vaccination: All vaccinations are administered by RVNAhealth nurses and volunteer RNs. Prior to receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you will review the pre-vaccine checklist and learn what to expect following vaccination.  You will receive your vaccine in your arm.  Please dress accordingly — so your arm may be easily accessed.

    Monitoring:  Following vaccination, you will remain at the vaccination location for 15 to 30 minutes while being monitored for any reactions. This is mandatory. While waiting, you will be prompted to make your appointment for your second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

    SAFETY REMINDERS

    RVNAhealth follows strict infection control and hygiene practices and has extensive cleaning measures of all equipment and facilities. The RVNAhealth organization has been operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been successful in maintaining a safe and trustworthy environment.  

    PAYMENT/INSURANCE

    Please bring your insurance information with you at the time of your appointment. If you are uninsured or do not have a participating insurance plan, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered free of charge.

       Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Q:  I am fully vaccinated.  Should I be worried about testing positive?  What about all these “breakthrough cases”?

    A:  The COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available are extremely good at what they do: preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death due to the COVID-19 virus.  That said, getting a COVID-19 vaccine does not (and has never promised to) give you 100% protection from contracting the COVID-19 virus.  You can still get the COVID-19 virus after getting fully vaccinated. This is what is called “breakthrough cases”. 

    However, the great news is that vaccinated people will have MUCH milder symptoms and their likelihood of transmitting it to others will be less.  So, should you still get vaccinated even with a risk of getting a “breakthrough case”?  The answer is a resounding YES!  The vast majority of people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus are UNVACCINATED.  In Connecticut where we have high vaccination rates, only 0.2% of new COVID-19 infections are in people who are vaccinated.  That’s less than 1 person in 100!  The rates of death among fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 is even lower – effectively zero!  That’s a pretty great vaccine!

    Q:  I am fully vaccinated but was recently in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  Do I still need to get tested?  Quarantine?

    A:  Yes.  The CDC recently revised its recommendation based on the contagious nature of the Delta variant.  “If [a fully vaccinated person has] had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, [they] should get tested 3-5 days after [their] exposure, even if [they] don’t have symptoms. [They] should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until [their COVID-19] test result is negative. [They] should isolate for 10 days if [their COVID-19] test result is positive.”

    Q:  I am fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19.  What do I do?  Who do I need to inform about possible exposure?

    A:  You should isolate for 10 days if your COVID-19 test result is positive.  You should also alert individuals whom you have had close contact with.  According to the CDC, a “close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 48 hours before illness onset (when you began to feel symptoms) until the time the patient is isolated. [Close contacts] should stay home, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor until 14 days from the last date of exposure.”  *Note: if you were asymptomatic when you tested positive for COVID-19, you begin counting contacts 2 days prior to the positive test result.

    Q:  I was informed that someone I was in close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.  How long after exposure should I wait to get tested?

    A:  The CDC defines a “close contact” as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 48 hours before illness onset (when the infected individual began to feel symptoms) until the time the patient is isolated.  If you are a close contact, you should immediately isolate and wait 3-5 days after your potential exposure to get tested for COVID-19.

    Q:  I received my second dose of Moderna/Pfizer vaccine.  How long before I am immunized?

    A:  For any vaccine, CDC states that people are not considered fully vaccinated until at least two weeks have passed since they received their final dose. For an mRNA-based vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), that would be 14 days after your second shot.  For a live-attenuated viral COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson), that would be 14 days after your first (and only) shot.

    Q: I am fully vaccinated, and it has been at least two weeks since my last dose. Can I interact with others freely?

    A: As a fully-vaccinated individual, you may still be able to carry and spread the COVID-19 virus to unvaccinated individuals* – research is still ongoing on this topic.  Therefore you must continue to observe many of the protocols you have been following include mask-wearingphysical distancing and hand washing (always a good practice!).

    For allowable activities for the fully-vaccinated, please see CDC Interim Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

    *Following COVID-19 vaccination, one’s chances of contracting COVID-19 are reduced, and your case will be significantly milder. 

    Q. What is the difference between a third covid vaccine dose and a booster?

    Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a third dose of their mRNA vaccine. Research is showing that in these populations, two doses is not enough to trigger a robust immune response, and thus a third dose is necessary to “complete the series”.

    Those who qualify for a third dose includes anyone who has:

    • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

    Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.  They should not make this determination on their own.  There must be at least 28 days between the receipt of the second and third dose.

    Booster shots, by comparison, are an additional dose of a vaccine needed periodically to ‘boost’ the immune system.  At this time, there are no booster shots currently approved for use in any person/population, regardless of pre-existing condition or perceived risk.  The CDC and FDA continue to monitor the science to determine if, in fact, a booster shot will be recommended for the general population, specific subsets of the population or nobody. While antibodies from vaccines do decrease with time, this is expected, and it does not mean that antibody levels have decreased to a point that one is no longer receiving protection.  Unvaccinated individuals remain the most likely to develop COVID-19-related hospitalizations and die from the virus. 

    Q: Is a booster required for my COVID-19 vaccine recommended and, if so, what are the requirements for eligibility, and where and when can I get it? 

    A: There are currently no COVID-19 vaccines that are FDA-approved for use as booster shots against COVID-19.  Since we are learning about COVID-19 in real time, there is ongoing research to determine whether booster shots will be recommended for use in the future and if it will be available to the general population or only certain groups.  While antibodies from vaccines do decrease with time, this is expected, and it does not mean that antibody levels have decreased to a point that one is no longer receiving protection.  Unvaccinated individuals remain the most likely to develop COVID-19-related hospitalizations and die from the virus.

    If you are concerned about contracting COVID-19 or belong to a group that is particularly vulnerable to complications related to COVID-19, there are simple measures that you can take to give yourself an extra layer of protection.  The easiest thing to do is to continue wearing a mask indoors with people whose vaccination status you don’t know and practice social distancing.  Vaccines are only one of the tools we use to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19.

    Q: What should I do if I was vaccinated outside of the country?

    A: If you received all the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in another country, you do not need to receive any additional doses here in the United States.  If you did not complete your COVID-19 vaccine series in your other country, you should re-start the vaccine series here in the United States with a vaccine that is approved by the FDA for emergency use.

     

    Not Vaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated

    Q: How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Each of these vaccines has been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. For the most up-to-date guidance, visit the CDC vaccine safety page.

    Q: Can I take Tylenol or Motrin or allergy medicine before getting the vaccine? 

    A: No, it is not recommended that you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) before getting your vaccine. It is unclear whether or not taking one of these medications prior to receiving your vaccine will impact your body’s response. 

    Therefore, for all currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines, people should only take these after they’ve gotten the vaccine, to treat any discomforts as a result of the vaccine.

    It is not recommended that you take an allergy medication (e.g., antihistamine) prior to getting your COVID-19 vaccine. If you have any concerns about your allergies, please speak with your doctor.

    Q: What can I expect after the COVID-19 vaccine?

    You may experience some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more in this CDC video. 

    RVNAhealth will continue to provide COVID-19 Vaccine Updates via website, social media, e-newsletters, and local media as new information become available.

    Q:  I received my first dose of Pfizer/Moderna months ago but never got my second.  Do I need to start my vaccine series over?

    A:  According to the CDC, “you should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week (Pfizer) or 4-week (Moderna) interval as possible.  Your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary. However, if you do receive your second shot of COVID-19 vaccine later than recommended, you do not have to restart the vaccine series. This guidance might be updated as more information becomes available.”

    Q:  Is it OK to mix and match vaccines?

    A:  No. Currently, it is not recommended to mix and match vaccines.  If you received a first dose of Pfizer, your second dose should also be Pfizer.  If your first dose was Moderna, your second dose should also be Moderna. 

    It is also not currently recommended or approved to mix and match TYPES of vaccines (e.g, attenuated adenovirus vaccines like Johnson & Johnson and mRNA vaccines like Pfizer/Moderna).  You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you received 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson or both doses of Pfizer/Moderna.

     

    VAMS

    Q: What is VAMS?

    VAMS stands for the Vaccine Administration Management System. The CDC, other federal agencies, and state public health departments need real-time or near-real-time data on early mass COVID-19 vaccine administration. Leaders expect dose-level accountability—from the time vaccine leaves the manufacturer until unused vaccine is returned. Our current nationwide network of immunization information systems (IISs) cannot consistently provide real-time data, so CDC developed VAMS to meet this need.

    Individuals must register on VAMS prior to receiving their vaccine. To learn more about VAMS, visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about VAMS. 

    Q:  How do I access my vaccine records?

    A:  When you receive your vaccination, you should be given a CDC- COVID-19 vaccination card, which serves as a vaccination record.  If you would like to access your records digitally there are two ways:

         1. If you have an account with VAMS, you can log into VAMS and view or download your                  Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (click here for instructions).   

         2. As of August 2021, patients can access their Covid-19 Vaccine records by using CT WiZ                Immunization Public Portal, a free service provided by the CT DPH Immunization                            Program. Click here to go the CT WiZ Portal.

    Note:

      • If you search CT WiZ and your information is not found, you can contact the State Immunization Program at:  Helpdesk Form or phone: 860-509-7929.
      • If you received your vaccine out of state, it will not be reflected in CT WiZ at this time.

     If you lost your card and do not have a VAMS account, contact the state of Connecticut to request your Official Immunization Certificate.

    Q:  What happens if I lose my vaccine card?

    A:  If you were vaccinated in the state of Connecticut at a place other than a hospital or pharmacy, there’s a good chance that you created a VAMS account to schedule your appointment.  If this is you, you can log on to your VAMS account at any time to print a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.

    According to the State of Connecticut, if you have lost your vaccine card, you can:

    • Contact your vaccination provider to get another, or
    • If you have an accountlog into VAMS and view or download your Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (click here for instructions),* or
    • Call (860) 509-7929 to request your Official Immunization Certificate. from the CT Immunization Information System (CT WiZ) at the Department of Public Health. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to CT WiZ.

    The CDC vaccine card, your provider’s portal record, VAMS certificate, and the CT WiZ official immunization record are all acceptable forms of proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

    *If you were vaccinated in the state of Connecticut at a place other than a hospital or pharmacy, there’s a good chance that you created a VAMS account to schedule your appointment  

     

     

    For additional questions,  please call RVNAhealth at (203) 438-5555 or contact us ››

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