Darien vaccine clinics now open to walk-ins

Darien's vaccination clinic is now open to walk-ins from both residents and non-residents beginning Thursday, April 29. Starting next week, the clinics will run on Wednesdays.

Darien’s vaccination clinic is now open to walk-ins from both residents and non-residents beginning Thursday, April 29. Starting next week, the clinics will run on Wednesdays.

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DARIEN — As of Thursday, the town’s health department has transitioned to a “no appointment needed” system for COVID-19 vaccines. Walk-ins do not have to be Darien residents.

Clinics are being held Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Town Hall Gymnasium and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning next week, as long as demand for vaccine exists.

Darien clinics offer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as supplies permit.

The Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved for use by teens aged 16 and 17, is not offered by Darien clinics as they do not have the required temperature storage.

Pfizer vaccines can be sourced at Darien Walgreens and the Community Health Center vaccine site in Stamford at the Lord & Taylor building on High Ridge Road. Appointments are not required for any vaccine site in Connecticut.

Darien has also organized a student vaccine clinic, a partnership between the town, the district and Stamford’s Community Health Center, which is open to those 16 and older.

Initially, signups for the Pfizer vaccine clinic on May 1 were only for eligible members of the Darien High School Class of 2021. Now, all students over 16 can be signed up for appointments.

Both the first and second dose clinics will be held at the Lord & Taylor vaccination site in Stamford. The first-dose clinic will take place May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the second doses will be administered May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. The appointment time for the first dose will be the same for the second dose.