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1/19/2021 - How to Register for the COVID Vaccine

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE COVID VACCINE

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

REVISED TO CORRECT A BROKEN WEBSITE LINK

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE COVID VACCINE

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week we published information on how to pre-register to receive the COVID vaccine. If you felt confused, you were not alone. The lack of a coordinated national distribution plan has resulted in multiple systems that are somewhat disconnected from one another.

But the good news is the vaccine is HERE and people in the highest priority group (medical personnel, first responders, etc.) are already receiving shots.

 

GETTING PREREGISTED

  1. There are two ways to register. The first is with the national Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Once you are registered, this system will connect you with any clinic in the state that has the vaccine in stock and will offer you an appointment. The advantage to using VAMS is you may be able to get your vaccine relatively quickly; if there’s a “downside,” it’s that the clinic may or may not be near here. You can access the VAMS registration site by clicking here:

    https://www.bethel-ct.gov/   and click on the red “COVID 19 Vaccination Info” link at the top of the page (revised information)

    PLEAST NOTE: VAMS is currently accepting new registrations for only those residents 75 and older.

  2. The second way is to register directly with the Town of Bethel to receive the vaccine at a clinic being set up here in town. Work is under way now, staff is being hired and trained, and we expect to be able to begin vaccinations within the next two weeks, You can access the Bethel clinic registration form by clicking here:https://www.bethel-ct.gov/content/117/478/20695.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: Bethel is accepting pre-registrations for all residents 65 and older. However, residents 75+ will be prioritized in accordance with CDC guidance.

 

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIOINAL INFORMATION

If you do not use a computer or need help with registration, we invite you to call the Bethel Vaccine Info Line:

203-794-8523

Monday – Thursday 8am to 4pm

Friday - 8am to noon

Seniors may also call the Bethel Senior Center for help filling out the forms. They can be reached at 203-794-8593 during normal town hall business hours.

We appreciate your patience!

We are aware of the extremely heavy volume of phone calls and that some of you have tried without success to get through. We are in the process of setting up additional phone lines to handle the high call volume.

Please remember, for the time being the supply of vaccine is very limited, and this will affect how quickly you will receive a call back for an appointment. As vaccine supply is increased, eligibility will also be expanded as fast as supply allows.

New information will be sent out just as soon as we receive it.

Thank you, and please stay safe!