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10/22/2021 - At Home COVID-19 Testing & COVID-19 Booster/Flu Vaccine Clinics
HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE 
 
AT HOME COVID-19 TESTING
Fairfield comes out of the latest wave of the pandemic, testing is important now more than ever to help keep the spread of the virus low. The Health Department is urging residents to get tested if they feel unwell regardless of vaccination status. In additional to severe COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, COVID-19 symptoms can be mild in nature especially among the vaccinated and include sore throat, congestion/runny nose, loss of taste and smell, headache, body aches and/or fatigue.
 
There are many different COVID-19 testing options here in Fairfield. While the newly popular at home test may be most convenient, there can be problems with accuracy of results. The Health Department strongly recommends anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to an individual receive a PCR test as that is the most reliable testing for COVID-19. Yale New Haven Health’s Drive-Thru PCR testing on Mill Plain Road is open 7 days a week and accepts both appointment and drive-up Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am – 5pm. They test both asymptotic and symptomatic individuals and will test pediatric patients. You can schedule an appointment online through MyChart or call 833-275-9644. For a list of lab preformed testing locations in or around Fairfield, please visit: fairfieldct.org/covid19testing.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization. The CT Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who is unvaccinated get vaccinated as soon as possible. You can simply text your zip code to GETVAX to find a location near you.

Moderna Booster Clinic
With the approval of a Moderna Booster, the Fairfield Health Department will be hosting a Moderna ONLY booster clinic on:
  • Saturday, October 30th from 10am – 5pm
 
This clinic will take place at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities in the Gymnasium located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. This booster clinic is for those who received both their 1st and 2nd dose of Moderna vaccine ONLY.  Those seeking other COVID vaccinations and products please see information on Griffin Mobile vaccinations below. Individuals are eligible for a Moderna booster if it has been 6 months since your second dose of Moderna and:
  • are 65 years of age or older
  • are 18 - 64 years of age and have an underlying health conditions that puts you at higher risk for severe COVID-19
  • are 18 - 64 years of age and frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 which puts you are higher risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19
 Appointments must be made through the CDC VAMS website. When making the appointment in VAMS please select "Additional Dose" and not "Booster" when prompted.  If you have are having difficulty logging onto your VAMS account, you can call the call center at 203-256-3082 Monday – Friday (10/25 – 10/29) from 9am – 12pm and someone can help you make your appointment.

Additional Flu Clinic
The Health Department will be hosting an additional flu clinic on:
  • Friday, October 29th from 10am – 5pm located at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield in the Gymnasium.
No appointment is necessary for this clinic. The flu vaccine will be available in injection form only for people 5 years and older. High Dose is also available for those over the age of 65. The Pneumonia vaccine, Pneumovax 23, will also be available for those over the age of 65. 

Medicare Part B, Connecticare, Aetna, Cigna, Anthem, United HealthCare, and Oxford are all accepted and there is no co pay.  Out of pocket price for the Flu vaccine is $30, the High Dose vaccine is $65 and the Pneumonia vaccine is $65. This is a CASHLESS clinic, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

For a quicker visit, patients can print out the vaccine consent form on our 
website and bring it completed. Patients should also have their insurance card with them and wear clothes that make it easy to expose the upper arm.

Griffin Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Van
The Griffin Health Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Van will also be attending our Flu and Moderna booster clinics (10am – 5pm on both 10/29 and 10/30). Individuals can receive their first dose of Pfizer (12 years +), Moderna (18 years +) or Johnson and Johnson (18 years +). They will also be giving out booster shots of Pfizer to those who received Pfizer vaccine and booster shots of Johnson and Johnson to those who met eligibility requirements.

For questions about the flu vaccine or booster, call your primary care physician. If you have questions about the clinics, please contact the Public Health Nursing Office at 203-256-3150.

 
The Health Department is monitoring the status of the vaccination approval process for those 5-11 years old and will plan to host clinics once approved. Please follow our social media accounts and website for up to date information.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all individuals are required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status.