Gov. Ned Lamont has announced that Phase 1B of the stateâ€™s covid-19 vaccinations will begin Monday, Jan. 18. During this phase, residents over 75 will now be able to schedule appointments to get vaccinated.
In a statement released Thursday, Lamont said that 1.3 million state residents will become eligible when the state transitions to Phase 1B. He added that 46,000 doses of vaccine are expected to be delivered each week from the federal government.
Those who will become eligible Jan. 18 include approximately 277,000 residents 75 or older, approximately 50,000 residents and staff of congregate settings and approximately 325,000 frontline essential workers. Providers may fill appointments with other eligible phase 1b populations if spots are available.
Additionally, Lamont announced that he is accepting recommendations from the Allocation Subcommittee of the Governorâ€™s Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand Phase 1B. In the weeks to come, additional populations will become eligible for vaccines including approximately 353,000 residents ages 65 to 74 and approximately 362,000 residents ages 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk should they contract the virus.
Lamont said that the Department of Public Health has â€śworked diligentlyâ€ť with healthcare partners across the state to increase access to the vaccine. He continues to urge residents to remain patient.
â€śWe know many people are excited to receive the vaccine and the promise of the future that comes with it, but we are limited in our ability to distribute them purely based on the amount we receive from the federal government,â€ť said Lamont. â€śWe are hopeful we will see increased allocations in the coming weeks and months, which will lead to even more light at the end of the tunnel.â€ť
All eligible residents will be required to make an appointment in advance of receiving the vaccine. Beginning today, individuals over the age of 75 can make appointments utilizing the following tools:
. Healthcare Provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment by their healthcare provider if their provider is participating in the stateâ€™s vaccine program. Not all providers are administering the vaccine. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine. Residents are urged not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
Further details on phase 1b eligibility will be forthcoming and will include guidance for employers, employees, self-employed, and other individuals on when and how to schedule vaccine appointments and where vaccinations will be available.
Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said thousands of Connecticut residents have already received the first round of the vaccines and that second-dose shots began last week.
To date, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1a, which began Dec. 14 and includes population groups such as healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.
Connecticut ranks number five nationally in the percentage of population that have been vaccinated so far.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.
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