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COVID-19: CT State Loosens Restrictions On Who's Eligible For Vaccine

Connecticut is expanding who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Connecticut is expanding who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Photo Credit: Putnam County DOH

Following the lead of the CDC, Connecticut will be adjusting its vaccination rollout to include new groups that are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials in Connecticut announced that beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 12, anyone over the age of 65 will be included in “phase 1B” of the state's COVID-19 vaccination program.

Previously, only healthcare workers, nursing home residents and employees, first responders, corrections officers, teachers, transit workers, and the general population over the age of 75.

The move comes as the CDC loosened its advised guidance on the rollout of the vaccine this week, though the CDC recommended only those with multiple chronic conditions be lumped into phase 1B.

The new guidance is expected to potentially add millions to the list of those eligible to receive their first dosage of the vaccine, though officials are still advising that the doses are still allocated first to healthcare workers and those over the age of 75.

There have now been a total of 133,190 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Connecticut, and 7,865 have already received their second dose to complete the vaccination, with every nursing home in the state completing their first dose, according to the latest information provided by the state.

Connecticut continued its fast start in rolling out the vaccine, ranking fifth nationally in the percentage of population vaccinated, with 42 percent of 141,055 doses administered in the past week.

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