Tentative Launch Date Announced for Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Governor Lamont's office has announced a tentative launch date for the COVID-19 vaccine. The question is when and who will receive the first doses.
NBC Connecticut reports that during the week of December 14, 31,000 doses of the vaccine will be allocated. 94,000 doses will be given out the following week, and then the week of December 28, 51,000 vaccinations will be circulated.
Phase 1A defines the first residents to receive the vaccine: healthcare workers, nursing home residents, and medical first responders. During Phase 1B, vaccines will be available from mid-January to late May for the critical workforce like teachers, other congregate settings such as homeless shelters, prisons, group homes, adults 65+, and adults under 65 who are at high risk.
Remember that as of now, these are tentative plans and subject to change. Phase 2 vaccines will be distributed in early June of 2021 to the under 18 and the remaining adults over 18. For the Pfizer vaccine to work, you must be given two doses spread approximately 21 days apart.
The breakdown in the number of vaccines distributed is 204,000 for healthcare workers and 22,000 doses for nursing home residents. Medical first responders will receive 6,000 vaccines during Phase 1A.
There's good news from the Pew Research Center. Overall, 60% of Americans say would most likely get the vaccine for the coronavirus. In September, that number was only 51%. For whatever reason, 21% of U.S. adults have no intention of getting vaccinated, not even if more information becomes available.