Frequently Asked COVID Vaccine Clinic Questions

Updated January 3, 2022

 

 

CT Vaccine Portal Vaccine Finder

Everyone 5 years and older is eligible for a Covid19 Vaccine. Children and Adolescent’s age 5 through 17 may only receive the Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses).

Walk in availability at most CT Vaccine locations.

     Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.

Children age 5 through 17  are only eligible to receive the Pfizer Vaccine. We have partnered with Vaccine Clinics in New Milford for the Pfizer vaccine for our children and adolescents. COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC
 
Brookfield Health Department Vaccine Clinics:
Offering Moderna and J & J Primary and Booster Doses
We do not carry Pfizer
Town Hall- Room 129, 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield CT 06804
Tuesdays 10 am to 1pm and Thursdays 3pm to 6pm
The clinics will continue through the end of January, or until further notice.
No appointment needed - walk-ins only. Must provide proof of primary vaccination series at vaccine clinic for Booster doses, and bring a photo ID.
 
Booster dose recommendations:
 
 

For Pfizer and Moderna Booster Doses:

All Moderna and Pfizer adult recipients age 18 and older should receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after their primary series. CDC now recomends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster dose 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series. 

Data shows that COVID-19 Booster doses help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for Adolescents aged 12 to 17. 

For J & J, Pfizer or Moderna Booster Doses:

A booster dose of the J&J vaccine is recommended for everyone 18 years and older who received their primary dose of J&J COVID vaccine at least 2 months ago. A Booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended at one half the regular doseage (0.25 ccs)  for anyone 18 years of age and older at least six (6) months after their second primary dose.  A Booster dose is now recommended for youth ages 12 to 17 after five (5) months at 1/2 the customary dose. (0.25 ccs.)

* Important to note that the booster dose for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines  is 1/2 the dosage for the primary series.

** “Mixing and Matching” is getting a different Covid-19 Booster than your initial vaccine. 
The CDC advises people to get the same booster as their initial vaccine, but allows people to mix and match if they have a different preference.

It's Available !!! Pfizer for 5–12-year-olds:
 VRBPAC, FDA and CDC committee review is complete and the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine to obtain an Emergency Use Authorization for children 5 years to 12 years of age. The town of Brookfield will partner with the New Milford Health Department. vaccinations@newmilford.org
 

Question: I lost my vaccination record of my Covid-19 vaccine administered?
If you have lost the card given to you by your vaccinator, you have two places where you can obtain a certificate.
Log onto the VAMS recipient portal where you scheduled your first two vaccine appointments. A certificate can be viewed and printed from here.
https://vams.cdc.gov/vaccineportal/s/
This requires your email and password and two-factor identification
You can also receive a copy of your record on CT WIZ which is the CT DPH Portal.
https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Immunizations/CT-WiZ-Access-My-Immunization-Record
This will also ask for Name, birthdate and two-factor identification.
• If you are still having difficulty in obtaining a copy of your Covid-19 vaccine history, you will need to schedule an appointment at the health department and bring your picture ID.
• We will be offering some help desk assistance for printing Covid-19 vaccine records at our third dose clinics.

Question: When can I get a flu shot?
The recommendation by the CDC is that both a Covid-19 vaccine and a flu shot can be administered on the same day.  With that, unless you are really pressed for time, separating your Flu Vaccine from your Covid-19 vaccine would allow you to be able to know which one you reacted poorly to if you were to have a reaction to either of the vaccines. Therefore, we simply recommend at least a two-day separation between both vaccines.

We anticipate with lifted mask mandates that there will be more flu circulating around this year compared with last year. We strongly recommend anyone 6 months of age or older obtain a flu shot.

 
Question: Why should children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Medical and public health experts, including the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that children and adolescents 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them from contracting and spreading the virus. Children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, but it is still possible. While most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, they can still spread the disease to others. COVID-19 has caused serious illness, complications, and even death in some children and teens, and those with underlying health conditions may be more likely to become severely ill.
Another important reason for children to get the COVID-19 vaccine is to protect their friends, family, and the broader community.
 
Being vaccinated will allow kids to get back to the things they have missed: in-person school, playing with friends, and participating in sports activities. Vaccinated individuals have a very low risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, which adds a layer of protection for unvaccinated individuals around them — such as younger siblings and other children who are not currently eligible. Additionally, as more and more people get vaccinated, the infection rate among the general population will continue to lower, decreasing the chance that the coronavirus will mutate into dangerous variants.
 
Question: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
Yes. The FDA and CDC have carefully reviewed the clinical trials for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, and it has been proven to be safe and effective for children 12 and older. Moderna has also applied for authorization for its vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, and that data is currently under review. Clinical trials are also underway regarding the potential use of these vaccines for children under 12. In addition, the vaccines are being closely monitored to ensure the safety of the vaccines for all eligible age groups.
 
Question: If I am pregnant or breastfeeding should I receive a vaccine?
Yes, if you are pregnant, the CDC guidance states you can and should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Many pregnant women are susceptible to the Covid-19 Delta variant and it can be harmful to both the mother and baby.
A conversation with your doctor might be helpful to have all your questions answered, however, it is not required before vaccination. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
 
Question: How is Brookfield doing with residents and vaccination?
You can follow the vaccine status of Brookfield and other CT towns by viewing this link.
The vaccine map is updated weekly and new data viewable on Fridays. Approximately 2/3 of the town is vaccinated with the Covid-19 Vaccine. 1/3 of residents are not. Of those residents not vaccinated 14% are children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine. If you are unvaccinated, this behavior plays the odds and increases your risk of contracting and spreading the Delta variant of this virus to others including our children.
 
Question: Is Contact Tracing still happening in Brookfield?
Contact Tracing is now conducted by the State Department of Public Health. There have beeen some unavoidable delays in contacting residents due to the high volume of cases presently. If you have been diagnosed as Positive for COVID-19 we ask, out of respect for and as a courtesy to others, that you advise all your contacts from the date you have tested Positive or from the onset of symptooms, whichever was earlier.
For more information on State Contact Tracing go to the following link: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Resources---Contact-Tracing 
Close Contact is defined as having been within 6 feet of someone, masked or unmasked, for a period of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hor period.
 

Question: What is Addendum 5 and Brookfield Public School recommendations for Isolation and Quarantine to prevent school outbreak of Covid-19.
The Brookfield Health Department is working collaboratively with Brookfield Public Schools on the implementation of Addendum 5.  Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts 

Effective September 27, 2021, children in school exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19 must be monitored for symptoms for 14 days.  To shorten the time the child is out of school during the monitoring period, if a child receives a negative test on DAY 5, 6 or 7 after LAST exposure to the positive person, they may return to the classroom on Day 8 of the monitoring period.  The virus spreads via respiratory droplets, unless the negative Covid-19 test was collected on Day 8 or later, children will need to refrain from all physical activities and music through day 14 to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets in the event the child becomes symptomatic during the monitoring period. Please work with the school nurses to determine the best time for your child to return to school.  If there are multiple young children in the household, the virus can spread rapidly from child to child if not quarantined from each other.  Children should not return to school if a member of the household is still infectious with the virus and proper quarantine has not been implemented. Information on Stae Contact tracing may be obtained from the folowing link: https:// portal.ct.gov/Resources---Contact-Tracing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Question: Where do I find information on YOUTH Sports and Covid-19?
For School Sports questions see: CIACWinter2021COVIDSportGuidance.pdf (casciac.org)
The guidance for youth sports is updated for every season. Each circumstance around exposures may be different depending on if the sport is played outside or inside as well as the level of intensity of exercise and exertion expelling respiratory droplets while actively engaged in the sport. A COVID-19 exposure occurs when someone is closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer cumulative over 24 hours to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Extracurriicular Sports Guidance can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/DPH-Youth-and-Amateur-Sports-COVID19_UPDATED_70.pdf

Types of Covid-19 testing:
Symptomatic: If the adult or child has symptoms of Covid-19 confirming the diagnosis is best done with rapid antigen test as these results are returned on the same day. Typically, within an hour. Positive results are highly accurate. Negative results in someone with symptoms may need to be followed by a PCR test for diagnosis confirmation. 
Asymptomatic: If the adult or child does not have any symptoms of Covid-19 choosing a PCR type test is more sensitive to early Covid-19.  This type of test is highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated. 

Brookfield Public Schools will not accept home testing Covid-19 test results nor antibody test results to return to school after quarantine.

*You cannot test out of a positive test even if you are without symptoms.
Local FREE Covid-19 Testing OPTIONS: Covid-19 Testing - City Of Danbury (danbury-ct.gov) or E-mail: www.211ct.org or call 211.

 
Question: What if I have already had the Covid19 virus, should I still get the vaccine?
Because COVID-19 is still a novel virus, experts are still not sure how long an individual’s natural immunity to the virus will last. Therefore, people who have had COVID-19 are advised to receive the vaccine. Speak to your physician and medical professionals for their recommendations. An important observation to share is that Brookfield residents who were sick in the Fall of 2020 are testing positive for the virus again 6 months later with a new symptomatic infection requiring isolation again.
 
Those receiving hospital treatments such as monoclonal antibodies and convalescent plasma for the treatment of severe Covid19 symptoms will be advised by their physician to wait 90 days before obtaining a vaccine so that the vaccine will be more effective once received.
 
If you are pregnant and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to enroll in v-safe, CDC’s smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins after vaccination. A v-safe pregnancy registry has been established to gather information on the health of pregnant people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Question: What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include pain and swelling where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, and/or headache. They should go away within a few days. If redness or tenderness persists over 24 hours, or your side effects are worrying, call your doctor.
 
Reduce pain and discomfort by applying a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and use/exercise your arm.
 
Reduce discomfort from fever: drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.
 
Question: What is the time recommended between the 1st and 2nd doses of the vaccine I received?
Pfizer: The best timing between the 1st and 2nd doses of the Pfizer vaccine is 21 days but no earlier than 17 days. Even if your second dose is later than the ideal time of 21 days, it is recommended that you still get the 2nd dose of the vaccine. You do not need to start over. Your second dose must be the same as the 1st.
 
Moderna: There is no maximum interval between the first and second dose. The time between the 2 doses should not be less than 28 days. Both doses should be Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product.
 
Janssen Johnson & Johnson is a one dose vaccine. One dose and you are fully immunized after 2 weeks.
 
For information on the new OMICRON variant of the COVID-19 virus see the following link:
 
 

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