**If you suspect you have been exposed of have symptoms please do not come to Mansfield Family Practice. You can call the office for medical direction.**
Governor Lamont announced the following schedule:
- March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
- March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
- April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
- May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34
There are several options now to schedule your vaccination if you are 65 years old or older.
- There is a COVID-19 vaccine hotline to assist patients. The CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. 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. Starting Monday, Feb 8 the Assist line will be available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.
- The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health has the options listed on their site. Click here for that information. You can also schedule a vaccine through their VAMS system by registering on this site. There will be a phone number to call to schedule soon.
- Hartford Healthcare is now offering immunization. Currently, scheduling for patients is only available through their online medical chart called MyChartPLUS. This is not our patient portal. This is Hartford Healthcare’s portal. Instructions can be found here. Hartford Healthcare also set up a hotline to answer questions about MyChartPlus: 860-972-4993. Or email MyCHARTPLUSsupport@hhchealth.org. If you’d prefer to schedule your appointment by phone, call the Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860-827-7690 or toll-free at 833-943-5721.
- University of Connecticut Health opened up their online scheduling for the vaccine. Click here to schedule. Then click in the top right corner Where it states “Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine”. They also require a MyChart account which is not our patient portal. You can also call 860-679-5589 to schedule your appointment.
While we hope we do get vaccine for COVID-19, we do not currently have any vaccine. The State of CT has developed a website to keep the public informed about the most recent guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/covid-19%20vaccinations
If you have questions regarding the latest information on COVID-19 please use the following links:
If you have questions not answered by these websites please call Hartford HealthCare’s 24-hour COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline for Patients and community: 860-972-8100 or (toll-free) 833-621-0600.
Testing is currently available at Mansfield Family Practice. Testing for worried people without symptoms is not available. It will be a clinical decision for medical providers to make regarding testing.
Regarding the common cold:
The CDC recommends contacting your primary care doctor if you have:
- Difficulty breathing or fast breathing
- Fever that lasts longer than 4 days
- Symptoms that last more than 10 days without improvement
- Symptoms, such as fever or cough, that improve but then return or worsen
- Worsening of chronic medical conditions
The CDC does NOT recommend seeing your physician to rule out for the common cold. Although there are some lab tests that can detect common viral agents like rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus, they are rarely used because the common cold tends to go away before a diagnostic test is necessary.
For more information on the common cold Click here
You can help prevent colds and other illnesses by doing your best to stay healthy and keep others healthy, including:
- Washing your hands
- Avoid close contact with people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.