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Greenwich Hosts COVID-19 Moderna Booster Clinic

The Moderna vaccine booster, for adults age 18 or older, and the Pfizer vaccine booster, for people age 12 and older, have been recommended by federal and local health authorities.

People should have received both shots of their initial vaccine at least eight weeks before receiving this booster.

“Getting the new bivalent booster vaccine is a step in the right direction for better protection against the COVID-19 subvariants that are circulating,” said city health director Caroline Baisley. “Omicron’s BA.5 sub-variant is highly contagious and if you contracted COVID-19 disease before the sub-variants circulated, you can contract COVID-19 again if you are exposed to the sub-variant .

“Additionally,” she said, “if you’ve had a booster shot(s) in the past, the BA.5 subvariant has the ability to break a person’s immunity very successfully. Booster vaccinations boost the body’s antibody levels to fight infection.”

A second clinic will take place on October 19. Both clinics will be held at the Department of Health offices inside City Hall, 101 Field Point Road.

Walk-in visitors will not be seen at the clinic; appointments must be made in advance through the VAMS system, accessible online at https://vams.cdc.gov/?jurisdiction=CT. Once on the site, people can click on “schedule your vaccination appointment” and select Connecticut before choosing the COVID-19 vaccine, then the reminder and entering the Greenwich zip code, 06830.

The appointment will only be official once “submit” has been clicked.

Upon arriving at the appointment, people must provide proof of identity and proof of previous vaccinations against COVID-19 – either their card or a hard copy of their file, accessible from https://ctwiz.dph.ct.gov/ctwiz_public/Application/PublicPortal then printed.

For those who want the new booster at a different time than the town clinic, booster shots are also available at Greenwich Pharmacy, 13 North Water St.; North Street Pharmacy, 1043 North St.; CVS locations at 122 East Putnam Ave., 99 Greenwich Ave., 644 West Putnam Ave. and 1239 East Putnam Ave. and at Walgreens, 1333 East Putnam Ave.

An extensive list of available locations in the area is online at www.greenwichct.gov under the heading of the Ministry of Health.

After being shot, people will be required to sit for 15 minutes before leaving. Masks are not mandatory to go to the clinic but are recommended.

Karen Santucci, chief medical officer at Greenwich Hospital, said last month the booster shot will help people stay safe in autumn and winter and also recommended people get a flu shot.

The city is holding flu shot clinics on October 12, 20 and 25 at City Hall.

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