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: June 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. 

  Vaccine Clinics at RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth will be hosting series of clinics at our Ridgefield  location to serve individuals with special needs and limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Children with Special Needs, Ages 12-18
6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 9:00am – 10:30am
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be offered, and second dose vaccines will be offered three weeks following the first dose.    

Thursday mornings are reserved especially for kids with special mental, physical, or emotional needs.  The light, fresh environment of the RVNAhealth Center for Exceptional Care, paired with the skill and experience of RVNAhealth nurses, offers a calming environment and experience for vaccine recipients. 

Appointments may be made here.  Please contact Stephanie Collins at 203-438-5555 x1012 with questions or for further information.

 Community Clinics and Events

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

Tuesday June 15, 9:00am to 1:00pm
C-Town, 45 North Street, Danbury

Saturday June 19, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Church of Resgate, 13 Barnum Court, Danbury

Tuesday June 22, 9:00am to 1:00pm
C-Town, 45 North Street, Danbury

Thursday June 24, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Patriot Garage, 4 National Place, Danbury

Friday June 25, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Danbury Farmers’ Market, 120 White Street, Danbury

Tuesday June 29, 9:00am to 1:00pm
C-Town, 45 North Street, Danbury

Friday July 2, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Danbury Farmers’ Market, 120 White Street, Danbury

Tuesday July 6, 9:00am to 1:00pm
C-Town, 45 North Street, Danbury

Friday July 9, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Danbury Farmers’ Market, 120 White Street, Danbury

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: Can I take Tylenol or Motrin 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.

Q: Can I take an allergy med prior to getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

A: No, 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: How long after I get the COVID-19 vaccine may I give blood?

 A: According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), there is no waiting period if you have received an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna).  If you received a live-attenuated viral COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson), you should wait 14 days after receiving your vaccine.

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-wearing, physical 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 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 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: 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.

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

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