COVID-19 boosters

 

The CDC has approved booster shots for anyone age 12+ (Pfizer) and 18+ (Moderna, J&J).
Appointments are required.

 

Who is eligible?

 
 

COVID-19 vaccines are approved for the following ages:

 
PFIZER MODERNA J&J*
Ages
1st-dose Booster 1st-dose Booster 1st-dose Booster
0-4 NO NO NO NO NO NO
5-11 YES NO NO NO NO NO
12-17 YES YES NO NO NO NO
18+ YES YES YES YES YES YES

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans should choose to receive one of the two mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) over Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot, due to concerns about blood-clotting side effects. Read the CDC statement.

 

A time for caution… not confusion.

 

    • An uptick in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.

        • A potent virus variant that can even infect some of the vaccinated.

            • Fewer people receiving readily available vaccines.

 

No one wants to be here. But this is our reality right now. It’s distressing and even scary. We have overcome fear with facts before. We can do it again. Hartford HealthCare’s experts, who’ve been confronting coronavirus for months, offer this advice:

 

Indoors?
Mask up.

If you’re going shopping, or heading to a restaurant, theater or other indoor area, wear a mask over your nose and mouth — even if you’re vaccinated.

Sick?
Get tested.

This is not the time to self-diagnose whether you have the cold or COVID. If you experience any symptoms, get a COVID test, and stay home until you’re better.

Events?
Try outside.

It’s the best time of year to be outdoors in New England. If you’re planning a gathering, stay outside where the virus transmits less easily.

Your best shot? Get the shot.

Getting vaccinated is, by far, the best way to prevent yourself from needing to be hospitalized or risking death by getting COVID. The vaccines are highly effective.

Skeptical?
Face the facts.

Vaccination protects you against the most severe symptoms of COVID. You are much more likely to get sick and need to be hospitalized if you’re unvaccinated.

Confused?
Stay informed.

There is a disturbing amount of misinformation about this pandemic. Trust medical experts, who took an oath to promote wellness and heal sickness. Explore this site for reliable information.

Do you have questions about COVID-19 or the vaccines? Concerns about the Delta and Omicron variants or information you may have heard? Call Hartford HealthCare’s Community Care Center and ask our healthcare experts — Monday through Friday, 8am to noon, 860.972.8100 (toll-free 1.833.621.0600).

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Coronavirus Video Resources

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Expert Discusses COVID-19 Testing

Expert Discusses COVID-19 Testing

Ulysses Wu, MD, Chief Epidemiologist & System Director, Infectious Diseases, Hartford HealthCare, says that people should be judicious with their at home tests.

Omicron’s Peak in Connecticut

Omicron’s Peak in Connecticut

Ulysses Wu, MD, Chief Epidemiologist & System Director, Infectious Diseases, Hartford HealthCare, says that there are different peaks to be aware of in terms of COVID-19, including our percent positivity peak, hospitalizations, overall cases and ICU cases, but all of those are currently on a downward trend.

Omicron Passes its Peak

Omicron Passes its Peak

Ulysses Wu, MD, Chief Epidemiologist & System Director, Infectious Diseases, Hartford HealthCare, says that we may see another increase in cases, but doctors hope that will not result in an increase in hospitalizations.

Nurses Report Being Attacked on the Job

Nurses Report Being Attacked on the Job

Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer, Hartford HealthCare, explains that because of the COVID-19 restrictions that hospitals have in place, they are not always able to accommodate the wishes of patients’ families, which can lead to violence towards nurses and hospital staff.

Getting Past Omicron's Peak

Getting Past Omicron's Peak

Ulysses Wu, MD, Chief Epidemiologist & System Director, Infectious Diseases, Hartford HealthCare, says if the positivity rate continues to stay low as it has been recently, we may be past Omicron’s peak.

Better Than Normal Interview

Better Than Normal Interview

Interview with Jay Bialkowski, a COVID-19 survivor and Hartford HealthCare employee. He talks about his experience and thanks everyone for believing in his survival.

How the Pandemic Has Affected Mental Health

How the Pandemic Has Affected Mental Health

Andre Newfield, MD, Chair of Psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, says that the pandemic has most severely impacted the mental health of people who were already feeling isolated before the pandemic, people who have already had challenges with their mental health and people who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.

COVID Podcasts

 

Staying healthy, both physically and emotionally, is a goal for us all. The Hartford HealthCare podcast series brings you experts in a variety of areas to talk about ways to maintain and improve your health.

 

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