Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare Work Together to Deliver Vaccines to Adolescents

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2021
Media Contact:

Monica Buchanan, Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Connecticut Children’s
(860) 837-5701

Tina Varona
Hartford HealthCare
(860) 310-7640

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.”

How it works:

  • Walk-ins are welcome at Hartford HealthCare community vaccine clinics. Those under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Currently, the Pfizer two-dose vaccine is the only one authorized for those ages 12-15, so a follow-up dose three weeks later is required.
  • Or, parents may schedule an appointment for a vaccine; this will save a priority spot. To make an appointment, click HERE.
  • For a list of all Hartford HealthCare vaccine clinic locations and hours, click HERE.
  • Parents who have already scheduled a vaccine appointment for their children through Connecticut Children’s may keep that appointment, or cancel it and schedule a new one with Hartford HealthCare (or walk in), whichever is more convenient.


About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only health system in Connecticut dedicated to children, providing more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs. We’re known for exceptional care that kids and parents love, conveniently delivered at locations close to home and by Video Visit. Our experts lead breakthrough research and innovative partnerships, and have won awards for everything from nursing excellence to patient-friendly technology. U.S. News & World Report named us a best children’s hospital in the nation.

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.

About Hartford HealthCare
Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut’s only truly integrated healthcare system. With 33,000 colleagues, $4.3 billion in operating revenue and a medical staff of 4,000 providers, the system offers the full continuum of care with seven acute-care hospitals, the state’s longest-running air-ambulance service, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, a physician group and clinical integration organization, skilled-nursing and home health services, and a comprehensive range of services for seniors, including senior-living facilities. To learn more, visit

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