HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare are working together to make vaccines conveniently available to everyone 12 to 15 years old. Adolescents in that age-group are now eligible for the vaccine, following approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare recently formed a Pediatric Care Alliance to provide the children and families of Connecticut with the highest level of coordinated medical care.

“Making the vaccination of our 12 to 15 years old is an important priority for us. By offering a quick, easy and seamless experience through our Care Alliance with Hartford HealthCare we are doing our part to end this global pandemic,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO, Connecticut Children’s. “This is the Care Alliance in action. Hartford HealthCare knows vaccines. We know children. We all have an obligation to keep our children safe and healthy.”

“We are proud to work with Connecticut’s leader in pediatric care and make our vaccines and clinics available to adolescents statewide,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, President and CEO, Hartford HealthCare. “Through our Hartford HealthCare clinics, we have provided nearly a half-million doses of vaccine so far, and we are ready and eager to help parents and their age-appropriate children take this important step.”

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mbuchanan [at] connecticutchildrens.org (Monica Buchanan), Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Connecticut Children’s

About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.

Connecticut Children’s provides the highest level of coordinated care to the children of Connecticut and the region. As the only independent children’s health system in the state of CT, by partnering with adult health systems across the state, we are able to bring more pediatric services to the community, making it easier for children to receive the specialty care they need, when they need it. Connecticut Children’s is committed to providing expert specialty care through every stage of a child’s development, from newborn all the way through transition from adolescence to adulthood. Connecticut Children’s is nationally recognized for advancing leadership and innovation in the family-centered care of newborns, children and young adults. The Connecticut Children’s Care Alliance includes partnerships with 13 hospitals across CT and NY.