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Covid-19 Vaccine, Testing & General Information
Scheduling NOW: 12 and older (Please Note– Pfizer is currently the only vaccine approved for use in those 12 and up, so you will need to schedule those appointments where Pfizer is being offered).
NEW! Click here for information about third doses/booster shots.
- Schedule Online:
- Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS): Click here to schedule an appointment through VAMS.
- Hartford HealthCare: To make an appointment online, click here.
- Yale New Haven Health: To make an appointment online, click here.
- City of Bridgeport: To find out where to get vaccinated, click here.
- Are you homebound? Click here to learn more about how to access a vaccine.
- Click here for more information on vaccine locations in the City of Bridgeport, including locations currently accepting walk-ins (with no appointment)
- Schedule by Phone:
- Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assist Line: Those without internet access can call 877-918-2224.
- Hartford HealthCare: Hartford HealthCare has multiple locations throughout the state. To make an appointment using this system, call the Hartford HealthCare Community Care Center at (833) 943-5721.
- Yale New Haven Health: Yale New Haven Health has multiple locations throughout the state. To make an appointment call 1-833-ASK-YNHH (275-9644).
- City of Bridgeport Vaccine Helpline: Call (203) 576-7993
Covid-19 Vaccine Facts and Information:
- Trusted Voices– Short video clips featuring HIA members talking about their personal experience with the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Hartford Healthcare
- Click here for facts about the vaccine in English and Spanish from CT Department of Public Health.
- What to Expect after a Covid-19 Vaccination: Here is a quick video from the CDC that explains what you need to know.
- Vaccine, Testing and Treatment Facts for the Uninsured (English, Spanish)
- Bridgeport: The City of Bridgeport Covid Testing webpage lists daily testing locations and pop-up sites. Click here for more information and available locations.
- HUSKY Health Testing Resource List: HUSKY Health has put together a list of sites where you can get a free test for Covid-19. Click here for more information.
Links to Covid-19 information and resources from our partners:
- Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Hartford HealthCare
- Optimus Health Care
- Southwest Community Health Center
- Bridgeport Department of Health and Human Services
- Easton Health Department
- Fairfield Health Department
- Milford Health Department
- Monroe Health Department
- Stratford Health Department
- Trumbull Health Department
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Food Distribution: Last Friday of each month at 1:00 PM at 2800 Main Street in Bridgeport. The next distribution will be on Friday, October 29. Click here for more information and all 2021 dates.
Stratford Health Department Food Distribution: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue in Stratford. This is a drive thru food pantry. The next scheduled date is Tuesday, November 16. Follow the Stratford Health Department on Facebook for the latest updates.
Bridgeport Hospital Food Distribution: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 PM at 200 Mill Hill Avenue. The next distribution will take place on Tuesday, November 16. Click here for more information and all 2021 dates.
Connecticut FoodShare (New Name!) hosts mobile food distributions at various locations each month. Click here to visit their new website and view their food distribution schedule.
United Way 2-1-1: You can visit the 2-1-1 website or call to be connected to resources including local food pantries/distributions, Covid testing, transportation, housing and much more.
Milford Food Resources Directory: Click here for a list of food pantries, soup kitchens and free meals available in the City of Milford.
Fridgeport: An open access community refrigerator and pantry that is open 24/7, located at Kingdom Builders Impact Ministries, 219 James Street in Bridgeport. Click here for more details.
Other Food Resources
Connecticut Emergency Food Resources: Click here to learn more about available assistance programs like WIC, FMNP, SNAP and much more.
SNAP Ed Resources: Our friends at the University of St. Joseph/SNAP Ed continue to create new resource videos. Check out their Facebook page for more details and share them with others!
UConn Department of Extension Recipes: The UConn Department of Extension has compiled a list of recipe ideas for the items included in the USDA Food Boxes being distributed around the state. Click here for the list that is available in English and Spanish. Be sure to click on each link to view the individual recipes.
Mental & Behavioral Health
How to Talk About Vaping- A Discussion Guide for Parents: This guide was developed as a collaboration with several CT prevention Councils. Click here for the full guide.
2021 Behavioral Health Resources Guides: The Hub has created a thorough listing of behavioral health resources within the Greater Bridgeport Region, The Hub’s Resource Guide (SPANISH), which lists nonprofit & public-sector services for crisis, mental health and substance use disorders, and support programs, including a listing of free peer support groups. Click here to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.
Addiction & Recovery (The C.A.R.E.S. Group): The C.A.R.E.S. Group provides education, support, resources and hope for communities, families, and individuals who are affected by substance abuse and its devastating consequences. Click here for more information about weekly support groups and more.
Diet & Nutrition (Impact on Mental Health): The quality of the food you eat can impact your overall physical and mental health. Learn more about the importance of eating nutritious foods by clicking here.
2-1-1 Resources for Mental Health: The 2-1-1 website has comprehensive, up-to-date information on programs and services that can assist with mental health care. Click here for more information.
Suicide Prevention and Loss Support Groups: The Hub has created a list of resources to assist with suicide prevention and loss support. Click here for more details.
CT Stronger: Support coaches can help connect you with resources to keep your family safe and healthy. Support coaches can put you in touch with services that can help, or listen if you want to talk with someone about how this pandemic is affecting you. Click here for more details.
Connecting to Care CT: CONNECTing Children and Families to Care is intended for families, providers and anyone else interested in enhancing CT’s children’s behavioral health system. Click here to view their website.
Healthy Lives Connecticut: Get information, tools, and screening for maintaining or achieving wellness, including emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and addiction recovery. Click here for more details.
Children’s Behavioral Health Plan: Find out how Connecticut is improving and integrating children’s behavioral health services, systems, and support into a comprehensive network of care. Click here for more details.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center- Medical Mission at Home (Bridgeport): 7th Annual Medical Mission at Home will take place on Saturday, November 6, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cesar Batalla School (606 Howard Avenue, Bridgeport). All services are free and no insurance is needed. Services are for adults and include medical exams, vaccinations, foot washing and podiatry services, behavioral health services, connections to community providers, follow-up care and more. Masks and social distancing required regardless of vaccination status. Click here for more details.
CT Dental Health Partnership: Click here to learn all about maintaining your oral health during Covid and important information about vaccines.
- Click here for a collection of nutrition education materials developed by dietetic interns from Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Nutrition and Wellness just for Get Healthy CT.
The Hispanic Health Council has launched a new Facebook page and YouTube Channel that include nutrition and physical activity education videos in both English and Spanish. Click here to view their upcoming virtual nutrition education offerings.
Dental Care Resource: Have you been delaying dental treatment due to Covid-19 fears? Click here for a helpful list of questions you can ask your dental provider to learn more about their Covid-19 safety procedures. Click here for the Spanish version.
HUSKY Health Members: It’s time to go back to the dentist, and it’s safe! Call the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership at 855-CT-DENTAL (855-283-3682) M-F 8AM-5PM or go to www.ctdhp.com for more information or help in finding a dentist. For TTY call 711.
Virtual Classes from the YMCA: The Y is here for you, even when you’re home! Community members are welcome to take advantage of free classes with some of our favorite Central Connecticut Coast Y instructors live on Zoom or try classes offered by Y instructors across the country anytime. Click here for more details.
Bridgeport Basics: The Bridgeport Basics are designed to help parents of young children learn 5 simple practices to help children grow and become be ready for preschool. Click here for more information.
Health Insurance through Access Health CT: Thanks to a new federal law was passed in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act has changed the way Access Health CT calculates financial help for customers for 2021 and 2022. Many more customers will now qualify for financial help to make plans more affordable. Access Health CT has opened a Special Enrollment Period now through August 15, 2021 for new and current customers to take advantage of newly available financial help. Project Access staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance with health insurance applications. Call 203-773-0838 for more information and/or an appointment.
Financial Opportunity Centers (Bridgeport): Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are career and financial coaching service centers that focus on the financial bottom line for individuals living with low-to-moderate incomes. The FOCs for Bridgeport are:
- Career Resources, Inc. – Provides comprehensive solutions for employers and job seekers by strengthening the family unit through the dignity of work. Contact Angela Pellegrino at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building Neighborhoods Together- Creates safe, affordable housing, and provides comprehensive financial and housing counseling services to families with low- and moderate-income across Connecticut. Contact Doris Latorre at email@example.com.
UniteCT Rental and Utility Payment Assistance: The Department of Housing and State of Connecticut have developed UniteCT to help provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All applications must be made online and the portal is now open and accessible through any computer or smartphone. To see if you qualify, click here or on these links for more details in English and Spanish.
Free Well Woman Exams: On select days in the month of April, the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine will be providing women in the Greater Bridgeport area the opportunity to receive Well Woman breast and pelvic exams at no cost. Pap, HPV, and STI testing vary in cost (if you have insurance, it may cover these tests). Uninsured reduced pricing is also available. Call (203) 576-4349 to schedule an appointment and mention the Women’s Health Initiative. Click here for more details.
Energy Assistance and Emergency Fuel: Alliance for Community Empowerment offers many services for residents in the area, including energy assistance. Click here to visit their website for more information.
Rent Assistance Programs: Click here for a list of rental assistance programs.
Legal Assistance: For Statewide Legal Services, contact (800) 453-3320 or for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (860) 247- 4400 or (888) 247- 4401.
Transportation Assistance Information: The Kennedy Center’s Mobility Department is available by cell (203) 512-4174 for information on public transportation including paratransit, transit district updates/modifications, etc.
Job Training: The WorkPlace serves Southwestern Connecticut, helping people prepare for careers and strengthening the workforce for employers. Their programs include job training, career services and employment. Click here to visit their website and to learn about their many programs.
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