UPDATE, 2:30 P.M.–According to the Hartford Courant, there are some options for people in the 65-74 age group to sign up for appointments already. “The state’s central phone line [877.918.2224] is already allowing residents aged 65 and older to sign up for vaccination slots, and a spokesperson for Yale New Haven Health confirmed that the health care system has also begun booking appointments for that age group.”

ORIGINAL STORY–Later today, Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to announce residents aged 65 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning this Thursday, Feb. 11.

First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice announced the information in a notice to residents Monday morning.

In preparation, the CT Department of Public Health has updated its Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) enrollment form to include residents age 65-74 in the groups now eligible to enroll.

However, it does not allow anyone in that age group to schedule a vaccine appointment–yet. According to Vanderslice, she will update residents when that feature will open sometime later this week.

The first selectwoman reminded residents of helpful information for enrolling in VAMS online:

  • Each individual must have a unique email to register. Enter emails in lower case. When asked if you have registered for the vaccine, answer no. They are actually asking if you have an appointment.
  • Wilton Social Services has prepared a VAMS video tutorial.

Many providers that administer vaccines will be using VAMS, including hospitals and other medical locations, local pharmacies, municipal health departments and state sponsored vaccine clinics.

The Wilton Health Department and Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will be using VAMS for scheduling any future clinics for people age 65-and-up. Wiltons Social Services will not be doing appointment scheduling.

Many large hospitals and health networks, such as Stamford Health, have their own public facing appointment booking system. Access should become available after the Governor’s announcement.

Vaccination providers in the Wilton area can be found through an online zip code search. Residents can enter a zip code or click on a map to find a list of providers and information on how to book appointments at each.

Vanderslice cautioned that appointments may not be immediately available but that new clinics are being added daily across the state. She encouraged users to check back frequently.

For now, people age 65-74 are the only new group being added to the CT DPH Phase 1.b.;  no information has been released on when the last two groups within Phase 1.b. (essential front-line employees and those aged 16-64 with increased risk) will be eligible, nor have health officials clarified what qualifies as increased risk.

Vanderslice will provide more information in her nightly update on Monday.