Connecticut will expand phase 1b of the coronavirus vaccination plan in the coming weeks to include people aged 65 and over, as well as residents who have basic health conditions that put them at greater risk for the virus.
Gov. Ned Lamont issued a news release Thursday afternoon, saying he had ordered the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for people over 75 in the first wave and would accept the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Allocation. of the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group for Phase 1b Expansion in the coming weeks.
This will include residents between the ages of 65 and 74, a group estimated at about 353,000 people; and residents between the ages of 1
Phase 1b currently includes residents aged 75 and over, which is approximately 277,000 people; residents and staff of the municipality, which includes about 50,000 people; and key frontline workers, which is approximately 325,000 people.
Lamont said he had directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for people over 75 in the first wave.
As supply increases and a significant proportion of people over the age of 75 receive the vaccine, Phase 1b will open to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing the issues of equity and the risk of poor outcomes of COVID-19.
Lamont said 1.3 million Connecticuts are estimated to qualify for Phase 1b.
Planning soon (no time frame available from January 14)
- Key frontline workers
- Individuals and staff in the general conditions
- Persons aged between 65 and 74 years
- Persons between 16 and 64 years of age with concomitant diseases
The state expects to receive about 46,000 first doses of vaccine a week from the federal government.
All eligible residents should make an appointment before receiving the vaccine.
How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine
As of today, people over the age of 75 can make appointments using the following tools:
Healthcare provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to arrange a meeting with their healthcare provider if their provider participates in the state vaccine program. Not all providers give the vaccine. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine. Residents are advised not to contact their doctor or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine, which allows people to schedule an appointment through the Web-Based Vaccine Management System (VAMS).
Phone: Those who do not have access to the Internet can call the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Helpline at 877-918-2224. The telephone system was created in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the United Way of Connecticut and is specifically designed to provide support to eligible recipients of vaccines who have limited technological access or who have language, disability or other barriers that could prevent the successful use of existing self-timing options. The line will accept calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a callback option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will strive to answer calls as soon as possible in order to answer the same day.
Persons in phase 1b, but under the age of 75, cannot schedule meetings from 14 January.
The governor said more details on the eligibility of phase 1b are forthcoming and will include guidelines for employers, employees, the self-employed and others on when and how to plan vaccine appointments and where vaccinations will be available.
Providers may complete meetings with other eligible Phase 1b populations, if available.
More than 160,000 people in Connecticut received the vaccine during phase 1a, which begins on December 14.