On Thursday, January 21, Governor Ned Lamont gave an update on how the state is faring in the battle against COVID-19.
While the numbers are less than desirable, there is some hope on the horizon as the state continues to roll out vaccinations. As of January 21, there had been 226,930 first doses administered and 31,337 second doses administered.
The state is currently in “Phase 1b” of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Under this phase, residents over the age of 75 are eligible to receive the vaccine. It is expected that the phase will soon expand to include two additional groups:
- Residents between the ages of 65 and 74
- Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions. Residents and staff of congregate settings and frontline essential works will also soon become eligible during this phase.
Additional information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
People who qualify to receive the vaccination as part of Phase 1b have multiple options for scheduling their vaccination. Folks who have already been contacted by their medical provider do not need to take any additional steps. They should just coordinate with their doctor.
People who have not heard from their doctor (and the official Connecticut state government website requests that citizens do not reach out to their doctors or other medical providers), can schedule through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) or directly through a participating provider.
Full details are available on the ct.gov site. Current partners in the program include UConn Health, Hartford Healthcare, Yale New Haven Health, and Walgreens. Some partners have multiple locations across the state. In all cases, pre-scheduling and registration is required; there is currently no walk-in service allowed.
As a final resort, the state does have an access line to assist people in making vaccination appointments: 877-918-2224 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.
Stay safe and stay healthy.