Where to get tested for COVID-19:
Community Health Center: click here
Hartford Healthcare: click here
The City of Meriden and the Meriden Health and Human Services Department are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. This page contains the latest information and guidance for Meriden residents and businesses. This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we will work to provide you updates specific to the City of Meriden as quickly as possible.
If you need to call E-911 Emergency Services for emergency medical treatment, please disclose any Symptoms of COVID-19 to the dispatcher. This will allow our first-responders to prepare accordingly. If you feel sick, call your doctor or the Hartford Healthcare Hotline toll free at 1-833-621-0600.
Governor Ned Lamont has announced that phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and residents in the state over the age of 75 can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine. In addition, Governor Lamont announced that he is accepting the recommendations of the Allocation Subcommittee of the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand phase 1b to include additional population groups. In order to ensure that the most vulnerable populations within phase 1b are prioritized, Governor Lamont has directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for persons over the age of 75 in the first wave. As supply increases and a significant portion of individuals over 75 have received the vaccine, phase 1b will open up to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing issues of equity and risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccinations to the following Phase 1a group:
*Medical First Responders
COVID-19 vaccinations to the following Phase 1b group:
*Residents who are 75 and older (approximately 277,000 individuals)
*Residents and staff of congregate settings (approximately 50,000 individuals)
*Frontline essential workers (approximately 325,000 individuals)
*Residents between the ages of 65 and 74 (approximately 353,000 individuals)
*Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus (approximately 362,000 individuals).
In order to register for a vaccine, you may make appointments as follows:
Healthcare Provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment by their healthcare provider if their provider is participating in the state’s vaccine program. Not all providers are administering the vaccine. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine. Residents are urged not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the web-based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
Telephone: Those without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The phone system was created in partnership with the Department of Public Health and United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.
Here are some links if you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines:
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Federal Food & Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Operation Warp Speed
State of CT COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Hartford Healthcare Vaccine Information
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:
- Meriden Community Resources (posted 07.16.2020)
- Reopen Sector Rules (posted 06.11.20)
- FAQ COVID Data (posted 04.28.2020)
- Salvation Army COVID-19 Response
- Meriden Public Library COVID-19 Resources
- Hartford HealthCare COVID-19 Site
- US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Homepage
- CT Department of Public Health COVID-19 Homepage
- Johns Hopkins Medical Center Coronavirus World Map