Rep. Harry Arora: Vaccination Survey Results and Updated Travel Advisory

Posted on December 21, 2020

Dear friends and neighbors,

Happy Holidays. Thank you for your participation in last week’s vaccine survey.

More on the vaccination plan

  • The state received 31,200 Pfizer vaccine doses last week and is expecting another 87,765 doses this coming week. As of Thursday (12/17), 3,031 Connecticut residents had received the vaccination. Here is the latest vaccination schedule from the CT DPH.
  • The Governor and the Commissioner of the DPH have repeatedly confirmed that “This vaccination is voluntary and no mandates are being considered.”
  • Phase 1a, which is designated for healthcare workers, long term care facilities and first responders is being administered entirely through employers. The eligibility criteria for Phase 1a has been decided by the Governor’s vaccine advisory committee based on CDC guidelines. If you are eligible under the Phase 1a criteria described here and have questions about access, please email me.
  • The eligibility criteria and the distribution process for Phase 1b, which will commence in late January, will be finalized and announced soon by the DPH. As per CDC guidelines, Phase 1b will include all seniors, essential workers and younger vulnerable individuals. The prioritization within the group, the distribution process and the delivery points are also being worked out.

Vaccine Survey Results

Thank you for taking the vaccine survey last week. We received nearly 2000 responses from across the community and the results are statistically significant. The survey shows:

  • 70% intend to take the vaccine as soon as it is offered to them
  • 18% would like to learn more about it before making a decision
  • 9% are not interested in the vaccine.

A majority of the respondents believe the vaccine should be voluntary.

Change in quarantine guidelines and travel advisory

Based on the latest science, the CDC has changed its quarantine guidelines. Following the CDC, the DPH has issued new quarantine guidelines of 7 – 10 days. The updated Travel Advisory reflects these changes as well. Please note there is a “Test alternative” and a “COVID positive alternative” in the travel quarantine requirements.

COVID Extension for DMV expirations

The DMV recently extended the expiration date by one year for all Driver’s licenses and other documents expiring before Dec 31,2020. Here is the link detailing all expiration extensions.