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New Canaan Vaccine Update: Clinics for Kids on Tuesday, Testing Next Week

Vaccination Update

A pediatric first and second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic for ages 5-11 will be held on Tuesday February 1st at Vine Cottage at 77 Main Street. A parent or guardian is required and the VAMS form with signed parental consent form. The registration link for the pediatric clinic is here

A parent or guardian must be present with the child and the signed parent consent form and VAMS forms for first dose are required and attached to the SignUpGenius. Please bring the forms attached to the SignUpGenius completed to the appointment and their vaccination cards if it is a second dose. Additional pediatric vaccination clinics will be added in the coming weeks.  Parents are encouraged to speak with their pediatricians to make the appropriate decision for their families.

As a reminder, both formulations of Pfizer are a two dose vaccine taken at least 21 days apart for ages 5 and over.  Pfizer is the only FDA EUA approved vaccine for those aged 5-17 years old.

COVID Testing

Next week, we will continue a new weekly community PCR COVID-19 testing partnership with Progressive Diagnostics for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested. The Town partnership with Progressive Diagnostics will continue next week with PCR COVID-19 testing available (for New Canaan residents only) on Monday, January 31ST, Wednesday, February 2nd and Friday, February 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Irwin House in Irwin Park (848 Weed Street).  Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, and a photo ID to your test appointment. Your insurance will be billed a $100 lab fee by Progressive Diagnostics.  No walk-ins are permitted. Turnaround time for PCR test results is the same day as testing with a maximum of up to 24 hours and will be received via email in the lab portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment.

To register for PCR COVID-19 testing for next Monday, January 31ST,   Wednesday, February 2nd and Friday, February 4th please click on the following SignUpGenius link: here

You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration.

For additional testing locations in the area you can call 2-1-1, contact your primary care provider or visit the town website or click here for list of COVID-19 testing sites in our area.

There is limited free rapid COVID-19 antigen testing available during regular business hours with our Health Department at Vine Cottage (77 Main Street) for symptomatic New Canaan residents only by appointment. Please note these are not individual at home test kits; they are commercial rapid test kits that are required to be reported to CT DPH.  Please use the following SignUpGenius link for rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with our Health Department here

CT WIZ PUBLIC PORTAL FOR VACCINATION RECORDS

Residents who have been vaccinated will now be able to access their immunization records online through the secure CT WiZ Public Portal, a free service provided by the state of CT DPH Immunization Program. [A press release can be found here.]

Vaccinated adults and legal guardians can access official immunization records for themselves and children under the age of 18 using the CT WiZ Public Portal with ‘two-factor authentication’ to verify identity. 

(Note: You won’t find the record if the contact information does not match what the vaccine provider reported to CT WIZ. If you are unable to locate your record in the portal, you can contact the DPH Immunization Program for assistance online at helpdesk or calling 860-509-7929 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

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