Governor to expand first phase of COVID-1V vaccine scheme to CT residents aged 65 and over – NBC Connecticut

The state of Connecticut will expand Phase 1B of the coronavirus vaccine plan in the coming weeks, to include people over the age of 65 as well as residents with residential health status, so they are at greater risk of contracting the virus.

In a news release Thursday afternoon, Gov. Ned Lamont said he has instructed Connecticut Public Health to begin the first wave of phasing out vaccinations for individuals over the age of 75 and will accept those recommendations. B to expand.

It will include people between the ages of 65 and 74, a group of approximately 3,353,000 individuals; And residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have an underlying health condition that puts them at increased risk for the virus. The governor said the group included about 266,000 people.

Phase 1B currently includes residents aged 75 and over, approximately 277,000 individuals; Residents and staff of gathering settings, including approximately 50,000 individuals; And frontline essential workers, which is approximately 325,000 individuals.

Lam Monte said he has instructed the Connecticut Public Health Department to begin the phase by prioritizing vaccinations for people over the age of 75 in the first wave.

As supply increases and a significant portion of more than 75 individuals are vaccinated, Phase 1B will open to include more eligible populations, focusing on the equity of Kovid-19 and the risks of poor outcomes.

Lamont said it is estimated that 1.3 million Connecticut residents are eligible for Phase 1B.

Currently scheduled

Schedule soon (Deadline not available until Jan. 14)

  • Front line essential workers
  • Individuals and employees in assembled settings
  • Individuals aged 65 to 74 years
  • Individuals aged 16 and 64 with comorbidities

The state expects to receive about 46,000 doses of the vaccine each week from the federal government.

All eligible residents are required to make an appointment before getting vaccinated.

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

As of today, individuals over the age of 75 can make appointments using the following tools:

Healthcare related service providers: Many residents have already been or will be contacted by their healthcare provider for an appointment schedule if their provider is participating in a state vaccination program. Not all providers vaccinate. A list of participating providers is available at Residents are requested not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.

Online: A form can be accessed online at which allows individuals to schedule appointments through the Web-Based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

Telephone: People without access to the Internet can call the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Appointment Helpline at 877-918-2224. The phone system was developed in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted to provide assistance to eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technical access, or who have language, disability or other barriers that may prevent them. Is. Successfully using existing self-scheduling options. The line will make calls from Monday to Friday from 00:00:00 to 30:00. With the same day response target, the team will aim to return calls as soon as possible.

Individuals under the age of 75 in Phase 1B will not be able to schedule an appointment until January 14.

The governor said further details on Phase 1B eligibility would be forthcoming and would include guidance on when and how to ensure vaccine appointments for employers, employees, self-employed and other individuals and where vaccinations would be available.

If the spot is available the provider may fill the appointment with another eligible Phase 1B population.

More than 160,000 people in Connecticut have been vaccinated during Phase 1A, which began on December 14.