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Capitol Update: Vaccination Efforts in Connecticut

Posted on January 13, 2021 by admin


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I would like to provide you with an update on Connecticut’s vaccine distribution plan. This information is from the Governor’s office, CT Department of Public Health and resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Phase 1a

Connecticut is currently in Phase 1a of the vaccine distribution process, which includes healthcare professionals, long-term care facility residents (and employees), and medical first responders. These are individuals who are likely to have direct or indirect contact with COVID-19 patients or infectious material. Approximately 140,000 doses have now been distributed statewide.

Phase 1b

We know that phase 1b includes residents over the age of 75, and that vaccinations of these individuals is expected to begin January 18. Providers can fill open appointments with people 75+ now. Advanced registration begins Thursday, January 14 through: (1) medical provider outreach to existing patients, (2) online registration, and (3) phone support for booking reservations. I’ll share that information when it becomes available.

The Allocations Subcommittee of the governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group has developed additional recommendations for who should be included in phase 1b, and these recommendations must be approved by the group and then Governor Lamont.

The subcommittee has recommended that frontline essential workers should also be included in phase 1b — teachers, grocery store workers, and police officers. When these recommendations are approved — people in these categories would be phased into 1b at dates to be determined. I’ll let you know when we receive more specifics about people eligible under these categories.

The subcommittee also recommended that Phase 1b should also include individuals aged 65-74. It also recommended including those aged 16-64 who have preexisting conditions (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control), further suggesting that the state’s Department of Public Health work in a phased approach based on risk of mortality and increased risk for severe illness.

Again, both the Vaccine Advisory Group and the governor must approve these recommendations. I’ll let you know when the information is official, and I also advise you to keep an eye on this web page, which details the vaccination phases while providing other crucial information.

Next Phases

As the rollout continues into more phases, we expect that vaccines will be available to the general public at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, community health clinics, local health clinics, as well as through other providers. The vaccine is given in two doses. The State of Connecticut is not mandating anyone to receive the vaccination.

Additional Resources

For more details about the tentative rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations in Connecticut, please reference the following resources.

As always, I am available if you have any questions about this or any state issue.

Email: Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov