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COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to Emergency Department Patients

April 08, 2021

Emergency room patients will now be given the chance to get vaccinated as Hartford HealthCare once again expands accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Hospital of Central Connecticut is proud to be the first hospital to launch this program, which will provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to emergency room patients across Hartford HealthCare,” said Gary Havican, president of Hartford HealthCare’s Central Region.

Patients who go to one of Hartford HealthCare’s emergency departments across the state seeking care will be offered the vaccine. If they choose, and their condition allows, they can get vaccinated before being discharged.

“This is another effort to ensure that no person falls through the cracks. That we are protecting the health and well-being to all people whose care we are entrusted with,” said Jeff Flaks, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare. “We are making tremendous progress.”

It’s estimated that that roughly 2,000 people every week will be vaccinated in Connecticut through Hartford HealthCare’s emergency departments. Those locations include:

  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain.
  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Southington.
  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford.
  • MidState Medical Center, Meriden.
  • Backus Hospital, Norwich.
  • Backus Emergency Care Center, Plainfield.
  • Windham Hospital, Willimantic.
  • Charlotte Hungerford, Torrington.
  • Winsted Emergency Department, Winsted.
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

“I am so thrilled that we are offering this and so happy that Hartford HealthCare and The Hospital of Central Connecticut have really gone above and beyond to support our colleagues, but also the communities we serve,” said Erica Paz, a registered nurse in the emergency department at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

To date, Hartford HealthCare has administered 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.