COVID-19 cases have been increasing throughout the state of Connecticut and we have more than doubled our case rate in less than a month. East Hartford residents have responded with approximately 68% of residents 12 and older getting vaccinated, including more than 96% of seniors. However, more need to be protected through vaccination – especially young adults and adolescents. The East Hartford Health Department recommends that everyone 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19 and prevent surges in new infections. Studies indicate the currently available vaccines are effective against emerging strains of SARS-CoV-2, including the Delta variant.
Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, getting vaccinated and following masking guidance is more urgent than ever. The Delta variant is more infectious and can cause more severe symptoms among persons of all ages than other strains. Parents – it’s time to get your children vaccinated before returning to school and fall sports.
There are two upcoming clinics within the Town of East Hartford:
- Friday July 30 (9 AM – 1 PM): East Hartford Farmers’ Market (840 Main Street)
- Saturday July 31 (1 – 5 PM): East Hartford Charity Seventh Day Adventist Church (1535 Forbes Street)
The East Hartford Health Department will offer Farmers’ Market vouchers to anyone who receives their first dose of the vaccine or refers a friend to get vaccinated at the Farmers’ Market clinic. Gift cards will be given to all eligible first dose recipients at Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Health Department will continue to post weekly updates about upcoming clinics on the Town of East Hartford website at www.easthartfordct.gov. If you have questions about vaccine safety, effectiveness, or eligibility, residents can call the Health Department at 860-291-7324 to speak with a public health nurse.