Hartford HealthCare vaccination sites open to walk-ins starting Friday


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut is working to add more ways to get people vaccinated. Hartford HealthCare vaccination sites will be open to walk-ins for vaccination starting Friday, April 30.

Chief Clinical Integration Officer for Hartford Healthcare Jim Cardon told News 8, “The state has done a great job of getting everyone vaccinated and so we have adequate supplies so the demand isn’t as high. Now we’ve gotta make sure we’ve removed every barrier there is for people to get a vaccine.”

The healthcare system had been offering a pilot program at a few sites this week and because it was successful it will now offer walk-in availability across the state, as well.

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Dr. Cardon added, “As much as many people could take the opportunity to make an appointment and go, there’s an awful lot of people who, you know, ‘I’ve got work, I’ve got kids, I got home. I don’t have time to schedule.’ But they may have 10 minutes they can go ‘hey, you know what, I got a little free time, I can go over there and get vaccinated. And we can make that happen now.’ That’s what we’re excited about being able to do.”

Dr. Cardon said at HHC they learn a lot by just implementing it first. And while they’ve done walk-ins for a while, he said doing them at the mass sites and its scale was something they wanted to make sure they really understood and had all the pieces and parts in place for.

For a list of Hartford HealthCare’s vaccine clinic locations, click here.

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