To: All residents
From: Steve Dunn, First Selectman
COVID CASES IN BROOKFIELD
Brookfield continues to keep a check on the Corona Virus. Our Case rate for the past two weeks is 10.5 up from 9.3 per 100,000 last week. The positivity rate on tests given is 2.7% up from 2.3% last week. These are slight upticks in the numbers. Sadly, we have also had one additional death in Brookfield reported, which occurred on October 19th. Our thoughts go out to the family. While we believe we are beginning to turn the corner on this pandemic, please be careful and don’t expose yourself unnecessarily.
The mask mandate remains lifted.
NEW CLINICS WILL START UP AT TOWN HALL FOR BOOSTER SHOTS
Booster Shot clinics at Town Hall starting on October 26th. They will be held at Town Hall on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm. There will be no clinics held on Nov 2nd, 11th or 24th. We plan to hold clinics as long as there is demand and into December. We will be offering both the Moderna and J and J doses. This week we gave almost 200 booster shots.
The best way to get an appointment is to use the VAMS system. The VAMS system is not working correctly so when you go to choose a booster type, please check the box that you cannot remember which shot you originally received. It will then allow you to make an appointment. We will also be allowing walk-ins but you may not be able to get a booster shot if the appointment schedule is full. Also, if you walk in there is a good chance you will wait longer than if you have an appointment. You must bring proof of your primary vaccination series to the clinic in order to get the booster shot.
More details are available on the Town website.
Booster dose recommendations:
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Booster Doses:
- People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster Covid-19 vaccine of at least 6 months after their primary series.
- People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series.
- People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster Covid-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
** Important to note that the booster dose for the Pfizer vaccine is the same dosage as the primary series. The booster dose for the Moderna vaccine is half the dose of the primary series. Mixing and Matching vaccines for the booster dose after a primary series is permitted.
J & J COVID-19 Booster Doses:
VRBPAC & FDA voted unanimously to recommend authorization of a booster dose of the J&J vaccine for everyone 18 and older who got the primary dose of J&J COVID vaccine at least 2 months ago.