Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Standby Program

NOTE: Standby inquiries have greatly exceeded the standby scheduling need for the month of April. The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program currently holds two to three vaccine clinics per week for which we arrange standbys to be present at the end of clinic to receive additional doses if any are available as detailed below. We encourage you to continue your efforts to secure a scheduled vaccine appointment, either through the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program or the state of Connecticut. Those looking to remain on standby will receive a confirmation and details on vaccine clinic times as we work though the standby schedule in the next few weeks.

Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Standby Program

The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program has developed a vaccine standby process to ensure that all COVID vaccine doses are used at the end of each vaccination clinic. Our standby process will be modified as of April 1 to broaden eligibility in accordance with Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility guidelines.

Standby will be open to all Yale faculty, staff and students (graduate and undergraduate) age 16 and older on date of vaccination. Due to the limited availability of vaccine, the standby process may allow people who are eligible for vaccine to receive it sooner than a scheduled appointment.

Standby process details:

  • For those that are vaccinated, there is a 15-minute observation period at the clinic overseen by medical professionals. With travel time, the entire process may take an hour and a half.
  • Based on your position on the standby list, you will receive a phone call or email the day before a vaccine clinic to confirm if you are available to be at Lanman Center (72 Lake Place) by 3:30pm on the day of clinic.
    • It is very important for you to confirm that you can be at Lanman at that time.  If you are unable to come, you can say so and you will remain on the standby list. 
    • Because the exact number of extra doses available each day is not known in advance, we cannot guarantee that when you arrive at Lanman you will receive the vaccine. If you go to Lanman and are unable to be vaccinated, you will be added back to the standby list. You might have to wait up to thirty minutes to find out if you are receiving the vaccine.

If you would like to be on the standby list, you can email covidvaccinestandby@yale.edu or call (203) 432-4931 and provide your full name, Yale affiliation and best contact phone number.

What is the standby list?

The Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program has developed a vaccine standby process to ensure that all COVID vaccine doses are used at the end of each vaccination clinic. Our standby process will be modified as of April 1 to broaden eligibility in accordance with Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility guidelines. Standby will be open to all Yale faculty, staff and students (graduate and undergraduate) age 16 and older on date of vaccination.

Anyone eligible for vaccine in the state of Connecticut will receive invitations to schedule an appointment for vaccine, but the standby process may allow those who participate to access vaccine sooner.

Who is eligible to be on standby?

In accordance with Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility guidelines, Standby is currently being offered to Yale faculty, staff and students (graduate and undergraduate) age 16 and older on date of vaccination.  

How can I get on the standby list? 

You can email covidvaccinestandby@yale.edu or call (203) 432-4931 and provide your full name, Yale affiliation and best contact phone number.

Those eligible for standby will receive a follow up communication and confirmed to come in to a specific COVID vaccine clinic as a standby.

What is the standby process like?

Being on the standby list is not a guarantee of vaccine. Those who agrees to be a standby for a given clinic must commit to being on site at the appointed time and may need to wait until there is a full accounting of doses.  If there are insufficient extra doses to vaccinate all standbys, employees who did not receive a dose will be given another opportunity to standby on another day. To date this process has enabled Yale’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program to use every dose of vaccine.

Updated  4/7/21