January 15, 2021
To All City Employees:
Thank you for your continued hard work and efforts throughout this pandemic. This has not been easy and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication you have shown during these challenging times. We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel in the form of mass vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine offers hope that we can someday hopefully soon begin a return to normal.
I know there are a lot of questions from employees about the COVID-19 vaccine. We will be holding an internal staff Zoom meeting next week where our Health Department will provide a detailed update, and also allow time for Questions and Answers. In the interim, here is what we know today:
Once the Governor allows scheduling for Phase 1B frontline essential workers, the City will upload your information into the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). You will then receive an email to your City email address to complete your registration and make an appointment. City employees will be able to use VAMS to find open appointments across the state. Employees who do not live in Norwalk should consider getting the vaccine in their town of residence. We also plan to hold special closed clinics to immunize City employees on-site.
Please remain patient. There is a larger demand for the vaccine then there is supply. When it is your turn, I encourage you to consider getting vaccinated. Just know, that may not be next week or next month. Our Health Department Staff is playing a critical role to keep our community safe. Please do not email or call the Health Department directly asking when you or your staff will get vaccinated. They are following the directives from the State of Connecticut and eligible employees will be notified.
We have a COVID-19 Resources Hub available at norwalkct.org/vaccine that has detailed information, included a guide on how to register for an appointment if you are eligible. The State of Connecticut also has a wealth of information located at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
Please stay tuned for a Zoom invite next week. I encourage all employees to attend. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to join live. Stay safe, and I hope you all enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend.
Mayor Harry Rilling