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CT vaccine allocation panel recommends adding 65-year-olds, those with chronic conditions to phase 1B

Even more people will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to a recommendation by the state's vaccine allocation panel.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2021, 10:50 PM

Updated 1,256 days ago

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Even more people will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to a recommendation by the state's vaccine allocation panel.
The move adds 700,000 people to phase 1B.
Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout begins next Monday after an advisory panel expanded who can get it on Tuesday.
Anyone over the age of 65 and younger people with at least one chronic condition is included. That includes smokers, pregnant women and people with heart conditions and cancer - among others.
The White House requested the change after blaming states for a slow vaccine rollout.
"We're expanding the groups getting vaccinated because state restrictions on eligibility have obstructed speed and accessibility of administration," says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
The federal government is also doubling the vaccine supply.
"We've got a lot more demand than access to vaccine right now," says Gov. Ned Lamont.
Lamont, who now qualifies for the shot, says he's still worried.
"Still, not enough to handle everybody over the age of 65, and essential workers and everybody with some pre-existing conditions," he says.
To avoid vaccine shortages like Florida has seen, Connecticut will gradually phase-in each group, including teachers, police officers, firefighters, prison guards, inmates and restaurant workers.
"We want this to be organized and not chaotic," says Acting Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford.
Phase 1B will initially only be for people over the age of 75. Once they're vaccinated, other groups can get in line.
It's still not clear what order everyone else will go in.


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