Mayor Nancy R. Rossi is kicking off a citywide campaign to encourage eligible residents to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The key to ending the pandemic and getting back to a sense of normality is for our residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible when they are eligible,” Rossi said.
West Haven is taking an aggressive approach and is working closely with the state to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, Rossi said.
“The availability of vaccine has been a challenge, but we expect the number of doses will increase in the weeks ahead, giving the city and our private partners the opportunity to vaccinate more residents,” Rossi said.
Connecticut is currently in Phase 1b, which includes health care professionals, medical first responders, and individuals 65 and older. As of last week, the state had vaccinated 61% of its population over age 75 and 13% between ages 65 and 74.
While Connecticut remains among the nation’s top four states for vaccine distribution, Rossi said: “I have real concern about the disparities that are being seen in Connecticut and across the country regarding vaccination across racial lines. Data shows that Black populations are lagging behind white and Hispanic populations.
“We must make sure that all of our communities in West Haven are given equal access to COVID-19 information and vaccination, and this will be my top priority until all of our residents are vaccinated and protected from this deadly virus.”
West Haven has set up a vaccination clinic at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St., and is working with area health providers to set up temporary pop-up or mobile vaccination clinics as needed across the city.
Private partners in West Haven include the Walmart pharmacy and Walgreens, along with the neighboring Cornell Scott Hill Health Center on Columbus Avenue in New Haven. The Stop & Shop pharmacy in West Haven should be up and operational soon, Rossi said.
Appointments for those locations are done through the Vaccine Administration Management System, known as VAMS.
Individuals who are eligible and want to register for the vaccine can use the contact information below:
VAMS: Go to https://vams.cdc.gov.
Phone: Call 211.
Yale-New Haven Health’s vaccination clinic at the Yale University West Campus: Call 1 (833) 275-9644 or go to https://covidvaccine.ynhh.org.
Rossi added: “Please help your family and neighbors register for the vaccine when it is their turn. West Haven has always come together to help others in the community, and we are asking for your help once again. The city website has all the current COVID-19 information at http://www.cityofwesthaven.com/.
“Please stay safe and Westie strong. We are almost there!”