When do I get vaccinated? How do I know if I’m in the state’s vaccination plan phase 1.b., phase 1.c. or phase 2? Who will give me the vaccine?
So far, Connecticut health officials have left unanswered those questions that many state residents are asking. But this week they promise more concrete information on the next steps in the plan to administer vaccinations to everyone in the state.
By the end of last week, the state completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccines in nursing homes.
This Tuesday, Jan. 12, the governor’s Vaccine Allocation Subcommittee will meet to further refine guidelines for the next phase. They are expected to finalize guidelines for Phase 1.b. eligibility by Thursday, Jan. 14.
Information will also be released this week about how members of the public who are eligible in Phase 1.b. will be notified of their eligibility, and how they can schedule appointments. Appointment scheduling is expected to start within the next two weeks.
Beyond that, officials also expect to issue a timeline for both Phase 1.b. and Phase 1.c. this week as well.
Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed that he plans to endorse the Subcommittee’s recommendations for groups of people who are eligible to receive vaccines in Phase 1.b., which include:
- People aged 75 or older
- Residents of Congregate Settings (will be better defined this week); elderly residents of low-income housing and residents of residential care homes not vaccinated in Phase 1.a. will be included in Phase 1.b.
- Frontline Essential Workers categories (will be better defined this week): education and childcare, first responders and public safety, transportation, direct care social services, food and grocery, agriculture and Farm, and manufacturing.
In addition, health officials are expected to issue additional recommendations for Phase 1.b., including further definitions pertaining to residents under age 75 with increased risk. It is expected that recommendations will include individuals aged 65 or greater.
COVID-19 Vaccinations in the U.S./CDC Data Tracker
According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, there have been 22,137,350 total vaccine doses distributed nationwide, and 6,688,231 people have received the first dose, as of Friday, Jan. 8.
The most updated information available from the CDC (as of Sunday, Jan. 10) shows that Connecticut has received 219,125 doses and administered 116,277.
Friday afternoon, (Jan. 8) the CT Department of Public Health released case data that showed Wilton had added 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the to-date total to 653.
Friday also brought evidence of how the rising number of cases are impacting Wilton schools, according to information published on the Wilton Public Schools’ COVID dashboard: