The state of Connecticut will expand Phase 1b of the coronavirus vaccine plan in the coming weeks to include people 65 and older, as well as residents who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk for the virus.
Gov. Ned Lamont issued a press release Thursday afternoon, saying he has instructed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to start the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for people over the age of 75 in the first wave and that he will accept the recommendations of the Governor’s COVID Allocation Subcommittee 19 Vaccine Advisory Group to extend Phase 1b in the coming weeks.
It will include residents between 65 and 74, a group estimated to be about 353,000 individuals; and residents between the ages of 1
Phase 1b currently includes residents who are 75 years and older, which is approx. 277,000 individuals; residents and staff in assembly facilities, which include about 50,000 people; and important workers in the front line, which is approx. 325,000 people.
Lamont said he has instructed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for people over the age of 75 in the first wave.
As supply increases and a significant proportion of individuals over the age of 75 have received the vaccine, phase 1b will open up to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing equity issues and the risk of poor results from COVID-19 .
Lamont said it is estimated that 1.3 million Connecticut residents are eligible for Phase 1b.
- Significant workers in the front line
- Individuals and staff in assembly settings
- Persons between 65 and 74 years
- Persons between 16 and 64 years of age with concomitant disorders
The state expects to receive approx. 46,000 first doses of the vaccine per week from the federal government.
All eligible residents are required to make an appointment before receiving the vaccine.
How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine
As of today, people over the age of 75 can make appointments using the following tools:
Doctor | healthcare provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider if their provider participates in the state vaccine program. Not all providers administer the vaccine. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine. Residents are advised not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the Web-based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
Telephone: Those without Internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The telephone system was established in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted at providing support to qualified vaccine recipients who have limited access to technology or who have language, disability or other barriers that may prevent them from using existing self-planning settings successfully. The line rings from Monday to Friday from kl. The team aims to return calls as soon as possible with the goal of answering the same day.
The governor said more details on Phase 1b eligibility will be forthcoming and will include guidance to employers, workers, the self-employed and other individuals on when and how to schedule vaccine appointments and where vaccinations will be available.
Providers may complete agreements with other eligible Phase 1b populations if vacancies are available.
More than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the Phase 1a vaccine, which began Dec. 14.