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COVID-19: CT First State In Nation To Utilize FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to utilize FEMA's COVID-19 mobile vaccination van.
Connecticut is the first state in the nation to utilize FEMA's COVID-19 mobile vaccination van. Photo Credit: Flickr/Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A new mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit from FEMA is making its national debut in Connecticut.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that FEMA has loaned the state its mobile vaccination van, which can provide up to 250 vaccinations each day.

Hartford Health, Trinity Health, Griffin Health, and UConn Health will be administering the doses at sites across the state.

The mobile unit was scheduled to debut on Monday, March 29 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport before making the rounds across the state. 

It will utilize the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine so as to avoid having to make a second appointment to complete the vaccination process.

According to FEMA, the trailer will travel through 17 communities in Connecticut over 60 days.

“The partnership with FEMA and the federal government has been exceptional, providing support to our state during this critical time as we continue to move as fast as possible to vaccinate as many residents as we can,” Lamont in a statement. “This first-in-the-nation Mobile Vaccination Unit is a vital tool in our toolbox to reach communities across Connecticut which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue to take every step possible, working with our network of vaccine providers, and with the support of our Congressional Delegation to ensure our distribution is equitable and touching every corner of our state.”

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