Available at RVNAhealth
RVNAhealth is an official COVID-19 vaccine provider in the State of CT, approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). RVNAhealth is administering COVID-19 Vaccines in accordance with the phased vaccination approach outlined by the CT DPH.
As of mid January 2021, Connecticut has entered Phase 1B vaccinations beginning with individuals aged 75+. Phase 1A is still being served. Phase 1A includes all healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents and medical first responders. Please note: RVNAhealth is not in a position to make any exceptions to the Phases defined by the State of Connecticut. RVNAhealth vaccines are allocated for residents of the State of CT.
Updates: Week of January 18, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021: As of Tuesday evening, January 19, a limited number of RVNAhealth vaccine appointments have been posted on VAMS. As additional appointments open/become available, they will be added. In subsequent weeks, we expect to offer a more predictable schedule and number of appointments.
Telephone assistance forthcoming: By early the week of January 25, the Town of Ridgefield will be offering telephone assistance for individuals without access to computers and internet. The phone number will be posted here when available.
ON CALL LIST – New as of Thursday January 21
RVNAhealth will be administering vaccines on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (vaccine supply dependent) at Yanity Gym in Ridgefield, CT. At the end of each day, there may be extra vaccines to administer. To ensure that we use all of our COVID-19 vaccine doses each day (and waste none), 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.
- You must be in the current Distribution Phase for the State of CT to be eligible for 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 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:
- between 3:30pm and 4:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesdays
- We will determine if there are extra vaccines:
- at approximately 3:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- at approximately 5:30pm on Tuesdays
- 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.
- A new On Call List will be formed each day (to avoid calling individuals who are not available that day).
- This process will be reviewed after the week of January 18th
The ON CALL LIST is only available via RVNAhealth.org. Please do not call RVNAhealth to be placed on the list.
REGISTRATION AND APPOINTMENTS THROUGH VAMS SYSTEM
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.
REGISTRATION AND APPOINTMENTS BY TELEPHONE
The State of Connecticut offers an Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The telephone line operates Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm and offers a call back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers.
Beginning the week of January 18, RVNAhealth will be administering COVID-19 Vaccines at Yanity Gym, 60 Prospect Street, Ridgefield CT 06877.
SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENTS
Appointments for your second dose will be made after your first dose at the vaccine clinic, while you are being monitored. The second dose is critical for maximum effectiveness of the vaccine. Your second dose should be scheduled at the same location of your first dose.
Your RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments consist of 4 primary steps:
- Arrival: Beginning the week of January 18, RVNAhealth is administering COVID-19 vaccines at Yanity Gym, 60 Prospect Street in Ridgefield, CT 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.
- Check In and Registration: Please be prepared with your Photo Identification 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 Yanity Gym for 15 to 30 minutes while being monitored for any reactions. This is mandatory. While waiting, you may make your appointment for your second COVID-19 vaccine dose.
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.
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.
This web page will be updated regularly to reflect new information. (Last updated: January 22, 2021.)
Please subscribe to the RVNAhealth email newsletter, The Pulse, if you would like to receive COVID-19 Vaccine updates by email.
RVNAhealth is not offering in-home COVID-19 vaccines at present. Plans are actively underway for this future offering. Stay tuned for updates.
RVNAhealth APPROACH + MISSION
RVNAhealth’s goal is to ensure a disciplined, reliable, safe rollout and distribution for all our vaccine recipients. We are committed to vaccinating our communities, including our most vulnerable populations, and to ensuring that individuals without access to computers or internet are also informed and included.
We thank all of you for your understanding, responsibility and commitment to your health and our communities. The vaccination of our State is a large and important undertaking and we are proud to be contributing to this effort. It will take time, but we shall all work together, get vaccinated, and do our collective part to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is VAMS?
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 the Vaccine Administration Management System (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.
Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?
RVNAhealth currently administers the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals cannot choose which vaccine they will receive. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals 18 years and older.
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.
How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Both vaccines have 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.
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.