COVID-19 vaccine in CT
All individuals over the age of 5 are eligible for vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine.
NOTE: Parents can schedule appointments for children aged 5 to 17, or visit one of Connecticut's walk-up clinics to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
All CT state employees and staff of childcare facilities and preK-12 schools are required to be vaccinated.
Those who do not get their shots due to exemptions are required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. State hospital staff and long-term care home employees must be vaccinated, and do not have the option of being COVID-19 tested if exempt from being vaccinated.
Vaccination is currently required for:
- Healthcare Personnel
- Longer Term Care Facility Residents
- PreK - 12 school staff and teachers
- Early childhood care providers
Certain occupations do not have the option to be tested in lieu of vaccination. These include:
- State hospitals
- Long-term care facilities
This applies to all state employees and contract workers who regularly visit these hospitals or long-term care facilities.
Contractors must verify vaccination and testing status of any workers they supply to childcare facilities, school boards, or state agencies.
If you lose your job for failing to comply with these requirements, you may apply for unemployment benefits. However, It is not guaranteed that you will be eligible for this assistance. The Department of Labor will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: You no longer need an appointment to get your vaccine at certain clinics in Connecticut. Please visit the latest list of these clinics on our Walk-Up Vaccine Locations page.
WARNING: Beware of Vaccine Scams.
We recently learned of a new scam in which criminals pose as vaccine manufacturers and offer consumers a reward for filling out a survey. They claim to need your credit card information to send your reward. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. This is a scam designed to steal your money.
Another scam involves fraudsters sending consumers a letter suggesting vaccines are harmful, and then directing them to a website that steals their personal information. Do not click links to, or visit, this website. Do not give unsolicited persons your personal information. Official entities would never ask you for this information.
State officials offer these tips to avoid vaccine-related scams:
- Do not pay anything to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Ignore sales ads or commercial promotions related to the vaccine.
- Beware of unsolicited offers of rewards or payments for taking the vaccine.
- Do not share sensitive information with people you don’t recognize.
For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine and how to register to access it, please visit the CT COVID-19 Vaccination portal.
To learn more about the different phases and eligibility for the CT state COVID-19 vaccination process, please visit the CT Vaccine Phases information page.