Governor Lamont Announces Tiered Approach To Phase 1b Vaccine Appointments - Stamford Moms

From the State of CT:

Governor Ned Lamont is directing the Connecticut Department of Public Health to proceed through the remaining groups in Phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-9 vaccine rollout with a tiered approach based on risk of adverse health outcomes from the virus.

Nearly 1.4 million individuals are included in Phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The state expects to receive about 45,000 doses of vaccine per week from the federal government.

The tiered approach to Phase 1b will proceed as follows:

  • Scheduling now: Individuals over the age of 75
  • Scheduling next (likely early February): Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74
  • Scheduling soon (likely late February or early March): Frontline essential workers and individuals with underlying medical conditions who have an increased risk for severe illness

The vaccine roll out to staff and residents of congregate living settings will be phased in throughout Phase 1b.

More information about the definitions of frontline essential workers and the list of eligible underlying medical conditions will be made available in the next several weeks.

On Monday, the Department of Public Health sent a communication to all school districts, local health departments, and vaccine providers requesting that anyone who has an appointment for Friday of this week or later cancel these appointments unless they are over the age of 75 or if they were eligible to receive vaccine as part of Phase 1a. Similarly, vaccine providers with clinics scheduled past this Thursday that are not devoted to individuals 75 and over or eligible in Phase 1a are being asked to cancel those clinics. This is being done in order to ensure that Connecticut’s focus on individuals over the age of 75 is maintained.

As of Sunday, January 17, approximately 221,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Connecticut since the vaccine program’s inception, including 196,000 first doses. Connecticut has administered 71% of the total doses it has received from the federal government, including 92% of doses allocated for all healthcare organizations and local health departments, placing the state in the top five of states for administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

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