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Connecticut makes age primary factor in determining who gets COVID-19 vaccine next

The state is moving away from basing vaccine eligibility on factors like being an essential worker or having a health condition and moving toward age as the primary criteria - with the exception of teachers.

News 12 Staff

Feb 23, 2021, 11:08 AM

Updated 1,214 days ago

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The state is moving away from basing vaccine eligibility on factors like being an essential worker or having a health condition and moving toward age as the primary criteria - with the exception of teachers.
Teachers and anyone who works in a school, including volunteers, as well as people involved in child care, will become eligible for the vaccine beginning March 1.
There will be designated clinics for educators.
Gov. Ned Lamont believes this will lead to more in-person classroom time this school year.
Teachers unions have been advocating for them to be the next to get the vaccine.
But, as a result, some will have to wait to get their vaccine.
Grocery store workers, among others, had been expecting to become eligible. Their representatives say the news is disappointing.
State officials say going with an age-based system will be more efficient. Health care workers do continue to have priority status.


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