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 the Town of Ridgefield  and other local municipalities. RVNAhealth is administering COVID-19 Vaccines in accordance with the phased vaccination approach outlined by the CT DPH.

Connecticut is currently vaccinating all individuals age 16+; but RVNAhealth only has Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, which is approved for individuals 18+.

Identification: Effective March 1, all those being vaccinated require a form of verification to confirm eligibility at the time of their appointment. 

  • For congregate and education/childcare staff, individuals should provide an employment ID badge, payroll stub, business card,  letter from employer, or other documentation.
  • All other individuals eligible due to age bracket may be asked for an ID or other documentation demonstrating their date of birth/age.

RVNAhealth may not make any exceptions to the Phases defined by the State of Connecticut.  RVNAhealth vaccines are allocated for residents and workers of the State of CT only.  Residents of other states must be vaccinated in their home states.

Vaccine supply: Each week, RVNAhealth receives a supply of COVID-19 First Dose vaccines from the State of CT Department of Public Health.  RVNAhealth offers appointments on a rolling basis as the weekly vaccine quantity is confirmed.  Second Dose vaccines are guaranteed by the State four weeks after the First Dose has been administered

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs

Every day, RVNAhealth receives very good questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine and operation. Please visit our FAQs below to learn more and get answers to your queries.



THE COVID-19 VACCINE: How it Works and How to Get an Appointment in CT

This presentation led by experts from RVNAhealth was taped on February 26, 2021. Some details have evolved, but it’s still chock full of valuable information. Watch the presentation. 



VACCINE UPDATES

Plans are underway for this future offering.  Stay tuned for updates. 

   Updates: Week of April 5, 2021

Appointments for the week of April 5 are as follows:

Tuesday, April 6
8:00am – 3:30pm (First Doses – Moderna), Yanity Gym, Ridgefield CT 
Wednesday, April 7
12:00pm – 6:00pm (First and Second Doses – Moderna), Yanity Gym, Ridgefield CT
Thursday, April 8 
9:00am – 12:20pm, Moderna, First Doses
1:00pm – 5:00pm, Johnson & Johnson, Single Doses
Yanity Gym, Ridgefield, CT  

Update: Individuals ages 16+ became eligible in the State of CT for vaccine appointments on April 1, 2021, HOWEVER RVNAhealth currently administers the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines which are authorized for ages 18+ only. 

   Making Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

REGISTRATION AND APPOINTMENTS THROUGH VAMS 

To make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine with RVNAhealth, you must register and make the appointment through VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System). You must be an eligible member of the current State of CT Phase to make your appointment. 

If you encounter any issues while using VAMS, please submit a ticket to the State of CT Department of Public Health help desk.  Select ‘COVID-19 Vaccination’ as the ‘system’ you need assistance with.

Please note: Many venues (in addition to RVNAhealth) are available through VAMS. We suggest you make  an appointment when you are able to get on—and not necessarily wait for an appointment with RVNAhealth, much as we would like to serve you.  In addition, the following health systems and pharmacies offer the COVID-19 vaccine and may have appointments available:

Yale New Haven Health
Stamford Health
Hartford Healthcare
CVS
Walgreens

REGISTRATION AND APPOINTMENTS BY TELEPHONE 

The State of Connecticut Assistance Line is 877-918-2224.  This line  operates 7 day per week, from 8:00am to 8:00pm each day. There is a call back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. 

Town of Ridgefield Helpline: The Town of Ridgefield is offering telephone assistance for individuals without access to computers and internet, or those who need help with VAMS.  The Helpline can be reached at 203-431-2718.  Please note:  The goal of the Town Helpline is to help you understand how to make an appointment on VAMS, not make it for you. 

The State of Connecticut Assistance Line is 877-918-2224

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 and your temperature will be taken. Please note: Individuals with high temperatures will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Weekly locations are posted above.

Check In and Registration: Please be prepared with your Identification (see valid forms of ID at top of page) and Insurance Information (if insured). Upon arrival, you will be asked a series of questions.  Please note: Individuals who have received another vaccine within the past 14 days will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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. 

SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENTS

It is recommended, but not mandatory, for you to receive your Second Dose at the same location as your first. 

During the 15-30 minute monitoring period after your First Dose, RVNAhealth staff and volunteers will help you schedule a Second Dose appointment. 

Individuals who made appointments through VAMS for their First Dose will also make appointments through VAMS for their Second Dose. Individuals without access to computer or internet will also make their Second Dose appointments during the monitored period after the First Dose with the help of staff and volunteers. 

SAFETY REMINDERS

RVNAhealth follows strict infection control and hygiene practices and has extensive cleaning measures of all equipment and facilities. The Town of Ridgefield is employing cleaning staff to extend these standards to Yanity Gym. 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.

   RVNAhealth On-Call List

At the end of each vaccination day at Yanity Gym, there may be extra vaccines. To ensure that none are wasted, we are maintaining an On-Call List for individuals available for impromptu appointments at the end of each day.  Note: We will not accept walk ins.

Here’s how the ON-CALL LIST works:

  • The ON-CALL LIST will only operate on days where vaccines are being administered at Yanity Gym. Please see schedule at top of page. 
  • People in the current Distribution Phase for the State of CT will be prioritized on the RVNAhealth On-Call List;
  • You may join the On- Call List even if you have a future vaccine appointment (either with RVNAhealth or elsewhere);
  • The On-Call List expires and re-sets at the end of each day. You must re-register each day if you want to be on the On-Call List for that day;
  • On-Call Appointments will take place at Yanity Gym in the hour following scheduled vaccination appointments. 
  • We will determine if there are extra vaccines during the last hour of schedule vaccination appointments.
  • Individuals on the On-Call List will be contacted promptly by phone in consecutive order. If you do not pick up your phone, we will move on to the next person.
  • This process will be reviewed regularly.

The ON-CALL LIST is only available via the link above. Please do not call RVNAhealth to be placed on the list.

   Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I have recently been vaccinated for something other than COVID-19, how long should I wait before receiving a COVID- 19 vaccine? 

A:  The CDC recommends 14 days between receipt of a COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of the order in which they are received.

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: Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?

RVNAhealth currently administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as provided by the State of CT DPH. Individuals cannot choose which vaccine they will receive. Please note that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals 18 years and older. 

Q: Can I be placed on a wait list to receive the vaccine?

Not presently. Appointments are only available online for individuals who are eligible for and ready to accept the vaccine in the current phase. The RVNAhealth On-Call List is used to ensure that there are no leftover doses at the end of each vaccine administration day. See details above. 

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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